Learn 9 creative and unusual ways to apply string-bending techniques

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One of the most musically expressive guitar playing techniques is string bending. When one bends a note on the guitar, and adds some finger vibrato to it, these techniques enable the player to emulate the emotive sounds of the human voice.

This practice is an essential tenet of blues and blues-rock guitar playing, and it is at the heart of the lead playing styles of all of the blues greats, such as Albert King, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. 

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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.