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Watch the Bending online guitar lesson by Angus Clark from Hard Rock Survival Guide: Lead

One of the single most emotionally powerful techniques you can employ in playing the guitar is bending the strings. I am introducing this concept early on because it is integral to playing this style and you will need the not only finger strength but also a strong sense of pitch in order to execute these bends accurately. I play through a series of simple whole-step bends from notes on the pentatonic scale covered in Concept one. Make sure that your bends are in tune. You can even play your guitar through a tuner to check yourself. If you play both Fender and Gibson scale guitars, practice on both, as the scale length affects the bending enormously. As we move through the course, you will see numerous examples of different kinds of bends: half-step, minor third, major third, and so on. The longer bends will require even more strength in order to control them and accurately hit the pitch. So start practicing now. These demonstrations are done on a Gibson scale guitar with strings gauge .011-.049.