JW’S Ex­am­ple 4 TAP/ BEND COM­BI­NA­TION

Guitar Techniques - - Play: String Bending -

If you’re fa­mil­iar with Van Halen’s de­but al­bum, then you’ll recog­nise this idea. Here, we see the bend- ham­mer combo from ex­am­ple 2 raised a few notches, by sep­a­rat­ing the work­load be­tween bend­ing hand ( fret­ting) and ham­mer­ing ( pick­ing). It’s pos­si­ble to bend ei­ther be­fore or af­ter tap­ping, and both are re­flected here. The most dif­fi­cult as­pect is keep­ing un­wanted noise at bay, so mute idle bass strings with the palm of your hand – I tuck the pick into the first fin­ger, and mute with the thumb; ei­ther ap­proach works well, so go with what feels most nat­u­ral.

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