The Bends

A few months ago I stumbled onto this series of videos put out by Guitarist magazine featuring Guthrie Govan giving a master class on string bending. It’s really well done and he gives a bunch of exercises to improve your bends.

I’ve incorporated the idea of bending the notes of any given scale into my daily practice. Each day the scale is different but I’ll bend my way through it. While playing up the scale (ascending), I’ll bend up to the next note. On the way down I’ll pre-bend to match the preceding note.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Guthrie you can thank me later.