Week 9 – Guitar String Bending Exercise

This week's guitar technique workout is going to focus on guitar string bending exercise that will helps us keep those bends in tune!

We are using a simple melody on one string and using only bends or pre-bends to play it, then taking it across every single string.

As I talk about in the video, you will want to play this guitar string bending exercise all over the fretboard since the string tension on the guitar changes from fret to fret.

Getting this exercise down in the middle of the fretboard first is probably the best idea. Then try to practice it up really high and maybe on some really low frets as well.

You need to really be able to hear the notes you are bending to so make sure your guitar is plugged in and amplified. This is just as much a listening exercise as it is a technique exercise.

This is also a good exercise to practice when you have a new guitar that you're not used to the string tension of. Doing an exercise like this really can help your hands get used to the feel of the bends and especially the pre-bend.

I didn't include any TAB with this lesson since it really is just three notes that are bent into then repeated across strings. Just watch the video and you'll understand how to practice everything very quickly.

Oh and if you have any issues with your calluses or fingertips hurting that is actually a good thing! That will help develop a stronger callous on your fingertips that will make playing and especially bending much easier.

So have fun with this one and try not to overdo it!


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Week 9 Guitar String Bending Exercise


  1. guitar joe on June 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Nice lesson, Carl. To me it seems like you are using a balance between your palm and wrist on your balance. Also I notice at certain places on the neck you also add the balancing of the guitar neck to acheive your bends. I do that also and have notice a better “wave” in the bending. Kind of like a tremolo effect.

  2. Daniel Schram on July 10, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Excellent exercise Carl, thanks.

  3. Elliott Harding on March 18, 2019 at 10:39 am


    Great video! I would like to know how you cut off a bend at the top

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