Get ‘Pre-Bent’: A Quick Guitar Lesson on Pre-bending (Video Lesson)


Bend Big, Bend Proud | Photo, Courtesy Greg Neate (License: CC BY 2.0)

So, fellow guitarists, you’ve bent your twang box until your fingers gave out and now want to learn some new skills. Pre-bending—a technique whereby you bend a note to a target pitch before picking the string—is an effective way to really grab your listeners’ ears.

In the quick video lesson below, we will approach the subject of pre-bending by first relating it to standard bending. Then we will explore some specific examples and talk about how you can adapt the technique to virtually any playing situation. I hope you’ve worked up your calluses, because by the end of the video, we are going to try some wicked big minor third bends; that’s three complete frets worth of bending prowess!

If you have any questions or comments concerning this technique, feel free to post them below. Happy twanging!


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