Guitar Bends - Beginner Guitar Lesson

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hey everybody it's Carl brown again

today we're gonna talk about something

that's really common to pretty much

every guitar style and that's bending

I'm sure you've seen people do it when

you watch any other guitar players play

and we're gonna just kind of talk about

the hand position and really what you

should be doing with your hand and

fingers to try to be able to control the

strings when you're doing bends it's in

the beginning it's it feels almost

impossible to do it feels like you have

to have like just you know enormous

amounts of strength to do it especially

if you're playing it on an acoustic this

this is going to be much more difficult

to do it on an acoustic it's people do

do it on acoustic but if you have both

guitars electric and acoustic I would

probably recommend trying to learn this

technique first on a standard electric

guitar then moving it over to an

acoustic guitar after you've got built

some strength and some calluses up in

your fingers these exercises also

speaking of calluses you may have got to

the point now you've been playing a

little bit we've been playing through

all of our lessons and you're like yeah

I can play my fingers don't really have

any discomfort anymore I've got the

right amount of calluses to play chords

and some scales well when you do Bin's

it's a whole new ballgame so you're

probably gonna feel some discomfort

again so you know in the beginning maybe

practice them for just a few minutes a

day but don't get to the point where

you're blistering your finger tips and

stuff alright so but then on acoustic

guitar especially really be really

careful you don't want to you know do

too much at once the added benefit of

this this will make your fingers you

know besides the ability to do pins

they'll make your fingers stronger and

your calluses far far better and you'll

find that as your calluses get harder

and get more defined playing anything on

the guitar is easier because you

literally don't you don't have to push

the screen down as hard if you tip

through your fingertips are a little bit

stiffer it's just like you know anything

in life and if you want to push

something with something if you use a

harder object you get to put less effort

into it so bad

gonna be the same thing here right now

you're you you like the borrower cords

on my piece I'm still difficult because

you don't have enough callus here the

skins not tough enough so the screen

just kind of goes into the skin sounds

gross I know but it's it's basically

just what you're gonna have to go

through and when you build calluses

everything becomes much easier to play

because you really get to use less force

so let's talk about hand positioning

with the bins you can really there's a

lot of little various ways that people

do bends this is kind of like a good way

of getting you started and then

depending on what your hand feels it

feels good in your hand you can do make

slight adjustments first thing we're

gonna do we're gonna take the little

pocket here with your thumb and first

finger and just basically hold the neck

put the neck right in there okay that's

kind of like a rough way of starting to

get you into shape now you notice that

that puts the thumb over the top of the

neck you will notice that 99% of players

when they're doing bins their thumb goes

up here unlike when we're playing scales

and bar chords when we don't have that

when you're doing your thumb up here

it's gonna see how it makes your fingers

actually angle in this direction as

opposed to when we're doing Barre chords

and your fingers go straight up to the

ceiling so this position is far more

comfortable to get AB in and get good

control the strings because if you're

straight up you can't really bend your

fingers straighten out and and you can't

really get any tension what the thumb

does when you see a thumb up here you

know your hand is angling in this D

fingers are angling in this direction

plus it acts as kind of like a kind of

like an anchor point like a focal so you

can really kind of work against it when

you're doing the bends alright now let's

talk about a bend itself I'm going to

take my third finger and place it on the

second string at the eighth fret and the

middle of the fret board is a good area

in the beginning to practice your bins

it's not that much strain tension

there's a lot of string tension down

here and up here the frets are kind of

harder to get up get into so I'm gonna

start about the eighth fret here

I'm gonna cut my hand I'm looking from

the neck put my thumb up here and then

you'll see

that I used I'm gonna put my finger

right up against the fret so I can

actually use the fret as I kind of a

ramp the edge of the fret all right and

what I'm gonna do also is I'm gonna take

this second finger behind it and hold

the string to put it right behind there

it can be touching the third finger just

right up against it and so that's going

to help it so it helps hold the string

down and then we're gonna take our first

finger and just like in a lot of things

the first finger it can hold the string

down here but you notice how it's going

a little bit past and it's kind of hole

rubbing up against the string right

above it which is going to be the third

string and this this this situation the

reason why we do that is when we do a

pin and you lower it if you don't have

that first finger kind of controlling

that third string from vibrating if I

took that away

see that and you hear that third string

there it so you bend into the third

string and then you let go this you sent

the third string in motion so this first

finger usually it's when you have your

hand angled like this with your thumb up

here it's easy to get that first finger

just you can still be on the string that

you're bending still helping the other

two strings but just coming over and

some people just drew a really dramatic

it like mute all we need all the strings

almost with our first finger but at

least the string right above the the the

note that the string that you're trying

to do a bend on should be muted with

your first finger and then the other

remainder lower strings can be muted

with the but the base of your palm down

here and your and your picking hand

alright so when we're bending we're not

bending with our fingers you see my

fingers are arced here and they come

down straight down on the fret board

right up on the line you want them to

stay like that through the bend you see

how my fingers aren't getting straight

when they're doing the bend

they're staying exactly straight down on

the thing the actual bin comes from the

hand the back of the hand and the wrist

area when I'm doing Ben if I could show

you here when I hold the note and then I

got to know it in my hand and basically

the fingers the fingers job is just to

hold the note down and then I will see

how my wrist comes out

you see that wrist motion like that I

just basically bring my wrist out a

little bit and see how that makes the

the hand of fingers go upwards so if

I've got everything stabilizers held

very strong here my hit might my my

holding leotards almost like a baseball

bat and just really gripping that neck

hold everything firm so that's the hands

job to hold everything firm and then

Bend out just push that wrist out like

that you see my wrist in my forearm I

going out I'll exaggerate it a little

bit so you can see what's going on all

right and then if you have the proper

tension here all right so you can

practice the pitch of these strings real

quick is just do this take the eighth

fret then up to the tenth get this down

to that note that's a whole step in your

bending this so you want this to sound

like it's two frets higher after you

bend it and then mimic that


and just try to get that hand

positioning down do it at a different

place fifteenth fret two frets higher

and then and different strings you see

how I'm muting that first the string

right underneath it with the first

finger here and then the rest of strings

are being mute about the base of the

pole okay so obviously when you're on

the small strings you're gonna have to

bend upwards when you get down to the

the WoW strings a lot of people Bend

downwards and that's just the opposite

motion you kind of pull your hand in you

pull your wrist and a little bit but you

still yeah it's kind of easier to kind

of pull down when the third string

people pull in different directions and

depending on what's one finger they're

doing they've been with right now I

would just concentrate bending with the

third finger that's 85% that bends are

done with your third finger on the

guitar and then you can move on to try

the same thing with the second finger

the second and third finger are by far

the ones that are used the most all


so have fun with this don't get

blistered up hands and please go to toe

lessons and let me know what you

think and I will see you there

alright appreciate it bye-bye