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How to Bend Strings in Country Guitar

Learn how to bend strings in country guitar from musician Boo Reiners in this Howcast video.

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When we play a solo on a country tune using electric guitar, there's going to be some times we're bending a note that's going to be really expressive, really effective. So bending strings on your guitar is something you want to get really accustomed to. And it's almost like you're going to try to be a machine. At least you want to have that sort of accuracy.

Here's a bend that I might do on the third string, fretting it at the second fret. And what I want to do is I want to bend up to a B note and have it be perfectly in tune and I'm going to have a helper finger behind the second finger that I'm using to fret the note. Okay? How about on an A chord? Here I've got two fingers behind the fretting finger to help it along. I can pull down on that string or I can push up. Whatever works for the moment that I'm doing it is what I'm going to do.

Here's another way to kind of make it even fuller sounding. I could play another chord tone that might be on a nearby string that doesn't have to be fretted, so in the case the first string is going to be the chord tone of E. So here I am. I'm going to play the root note. So I'm playing the root A, I've hit the fifth of the chord on the first string. Then I'm going to bend, go back to that third string, and I'm going to bend up from a B to a C-sharp.

And that's just one way to kind of get into string bending on the guitar.

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