The 10 types of string bending, from blues and boomer bends to tweak and tap bends

Angus Young, Tim Henson, Paul Kossoff
(Image credit: Ian Dickson/Redferns; Future; Graham Lowe /Redferns)

Some aspects of electric guitar playing are so totally established as orthodoxy that they seem almost immune to change: standard tuning is a de facto, er, standard – open chords, powerchords and ‘blues box’ scale shapes, too. Like a goldfish and the water it lives in, we don’t really question their existence. 

So it came as a bit of a shock to some in August 2021 when Polyphia’s Tim Henson innocently related to music YouTuber Rick Beato that he rejects conventional string bending techniques of the ‘Boomer’ generation “because it’s gonna sound like that era”. 

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