How to get more from oblique bends, a staple of blues-rock guitar playing

Johnny Winter live onstage in the 1980 Dr Pepper Central Park Music Festival, New York.
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Guitar players are well aware that three of the most reliable techniques for creating expressive solos are string bending, vibrato and the combination of bending with vibrato. 

One exceptionally cool and useful bending technique is what’s known as an oblique bend. This is where you play two notes on two different strings and bend one while the other remains unbent.

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Andy Aledort

Guitar World Associate Editor Andy Aledort is recognized worldwide for his vast contributions to guitar instruction, via his many best-selling instructional DVDs, transcription books and online lessons. Andy is a regular contributor to Guitar World and Truefire, and has toured with Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, as well as participating in several Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tours.