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How to Play 1 Fret Bends on Heavy Metal Guitar

Let musician Alex Skolnick teach you how to play one fret bends on guitar in this heavy metal guitar lesson from Howcast.


A one fret bend is similar to a two fret bend. In both cases you are taking a note and you are bending it to the next note, but with the one fret bend the next note is only one fret higher. As an example let's look at the A minor scale. So if I go a couple notes higher than this A minor scale. I have one fret between this note and this note. What I want to do here is play this pitch but from here with this note.

It's not as easy as it sounds because it's hard to zone in on the pitch sometimes, but if you practice it slow you can get control over it and it also makes a great tool to bend and release and that can be the source of a lot of good licks. So if I bend a one fret bend and release it I get this. All I'm doing is bending from the 7th fret to the note on the 8th fret and giving it a little bit of vibrato. I could also combine this one fret bend with a pull-off. What I'm going to do now is bend on the 7th fret bend to the 8th fret and release it and then pull off. First, this is all on one string by the way.

This can be done all over the neck. Real quick let’s look at the second string. I have this note right here. So I can do a one fret bend there. If I put those together I get. Here's that same bend not on the second string but on the third string five frets higher. This one I can combine with the pentatonic shape, which you probably know it here. But you also have it an octave higher here. If I do the one fret bend and then I pull-off and go down the pentatonic scale I get that and that is pretty cool. Check it out.

I hope you have enjoyed this lesson on one fret bends.

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