|Lead Guitar Basics, Part 1: String Bends and Slurs
Lead Guitar Basics, Part 1: String Bends and Slurs
When it’s time to take a solo in a band, you want to try to make your guitar sing, because at that point, you are taking the place of the singer. That means, among other things, trying to make your guitar imitate vocal sounds: bending strings is one way to do that. In this lesson, you’ll get a good primer on how to bend strings on acoustic guitar, with ideas on supporting the bends with your fingers and even your thumb. You’ll also learn how to bend strings to specific notes—make your bends be in tune—and how to do “drop bends,” in which the note is bent before you play it and then you drop the string to your target note. Another way to make your guitar sing is to use slurs between notes: slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. You’ll learn how much pressure to use on slides so you get clear, clean notes, and get advice on how to make clean hammer-ons and pull-offs.
String Bends and Slurs (Available to subscribers)