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post Oct 23 2007, 11:23 AM
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Ive noticed that within a scale certain notes sound better for bending. For example in A minor pentatonic (5-8) the 7th fret on g string sounds excelletn while 5 g does not. Is this just my preference or is there theory behind this?
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post Oct 23 2007, 05:49 PM
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It depends from notes that you reach while you're bending.
At 7th fret on G string you can reach D# (a blue note that sounds good and bluesy) or E, if you do a full bend. E note is on A minor pentatonic.
If you bend 5th fret on G string (1/2 bend) you reach C# that is major 3rd of A. So it can be dissonant with the minor feel of your scale.
Anyway, sometimes it's good to use this type of bending, with moderation!


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post Oct 23 2007, 08:25 PM
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QUOTE (Jerry Arcidiacono @ Oct 23 2007, 12:49 PM) *
It depends from notes that you reach while you're bending.
At 7th fret on G string you can reach D# (a blue note that sounds good and bluesy) or E, if you do a full bend. E note is on A minor pentatonic.
If you bend 5th fret on G string (1/2 bend) you reach C# that is major 3rd of A. So it can be dissonant with the minor feel of your scale.
Anyway, sometimes it's good to use this type of bending, with moderation!


Yes, you can bend any note in the scale, but you have to bend it either a half step or full step appropriately so that the note you bend up to is still in the scale, or it will sound bad!


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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Oct 23 2007, 09:25 PM) *
Yes, you can bend any note in the scale, but you have to bend it either a half step or full step appropriately so that the note you bend up to is still in the scale, or it will sound bad!


Yep,half or whole tone.
Per example 5th fret on G string in Am pent should be bended whole tone,to reach note D.
While as Jerry said you can bend 7th fret both half and whole note,
one gives "blue"note and another another gives note E,which IS in Am pent scale.


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Jeff Beck has an interesting style with respect to bending notes. Often times he will bend a note just very slightly below the next step or half step note in scale and leave it there to hang in suspension for a second and then crank it up another half/whole step. It's hard to explain, but it's really a cool effect. Listen to some of his music and you will see what I mean. He ends some of his passages on odd sounding notes but it fits perfectly in the song.

In fact, if you ever have seen Eric Johnson's guitar instructional video, Total Electric Guitar, he explains Jeff Beck's technique very well.

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QUOTE (jeff @ Oct 23 2007, 02:46 PM) *
Jeff Beck has an interesting style with respect to bending notes. Often times he will bend a note just very slightly below the next step or half step note in scale and leave it there to hang in suspension for a second and then crank it up another half/whole step. It's hard to explain, but it's really a cool effect. Listen to some of his music and you will see what I mean. He ends some of his passages on odd sounding notes but it fits perfectly in the song.

In fact, if you ever have seen Eric Johnson's guitar instructional video, Total Electric Guitar, he explains Jeff Beck's technique very well.

Sorry if I'm a little off topic here. smile.gif


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Those sorts of microtonal (think that's the word for it) bends are used a lot by JB and some other players (Albert Kingis another example, Frank Zappa another). If you listen to JB play 'People get ready' the music progresses and is given dynamics because of the way he uses microtonal bends as the actual melody stays pretty constant and repeats.

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