Bend­ing And vi­brato

Total Guitar - - TAB GUIDE -

Bend and Re­lease

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

re-picked bend

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


Silently bend the string up from the 5th fret (PB5) to the pitch of the 7th fret note, pick it and re­lease to the 5th fret note.

quar­ter-tone bend

Pick the note then bend up a quar­ter­tone (a very small amount). This is some­times re­ferred to as a ‘blues curl’.


Your fret­ting hand vi­brates the string by small bend-ups and re­leases. Ex­ag­ger­ate this ef­fect to cre­ate a ‘wide’ vi­brato.

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