BEND­ING and vi­brato

Guitar Techniques - - Gt User Guide -

bend up/down

Fret the start note (here, the 5th fret) and bend up to the pitch of the brack­eted note, be­fore re­leas­ing.

Re-pick bend

Bend up to the pitch shown in the brack­ets, then re-pick the note while hold­ing the bent note at the new pitch.

Pre bend

Bend up from the 5th fret to the pitch of the 7th fret note, then pick it and re­lease to 5th fret note.

Quater-tone bend

Pick the note and then bend up a quar­ter tone (a very small amount). Some­times re­ferred to as blues curl.


The fret­ting hand vi­brates the note by small bend ups and re­leases. The last ex­am­ple uses the vi­brato bar.

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