Guitar Technical Study: Playing A Bend After A Scale/Arpeggio

Tommaso Zillio

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Does it ever happen to you that you are playing a guitar solo and want to play a bend... but for some reason your hand becomes all tense and you can't play that bend right?

This typically happens if you want to play a bend just after a scale or an arpeggio... but it can happen any moment. And it's not a problem with bending per se: you know how to bend and can do it without problem... unless you are playing something else just before that bend.

Now, if you want to have a practical idea of what I'm talking about, try to play the lick I'm showing at 00:30 in the video below. If you can do it with no problem: congratulations! The rest of the video is not for you.

If you find it difficult or impossible to play it fluidly, on the other hand, watch the rest of the video and you will learn two simple exercises to train how to integrate bends with everything else that you can play on the guitar.

Another thing you want to remember to do is to eliminate all the excess tension from your playing. Yes, it's easier said than done, but it's not as difficult as you may think.

If you feel that your hands 'lock up' when you play faster and you want to eliminate the excess tension, have a look at this video to learn how:

To learn to improvise on any chord progression, check out the Master of the Modes guitar course. I could write a couple dozen paragraphs here on what that course can do for you and your playing... but nothing beats trying it yourself :)


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