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Bends And Slides

The Voice Mechanic has developed a few quick little lessons to give an idea of different ways to learn how to play the guitar. Each exercise is designed to strengthen the players abilities in different ways. It’s not only about playing the right cords, it’s about playing the right cords correctly, with good timing and style. A little practice everyday goes a long way, but it has to be consistent. Once you’re done practicing, practice some more!

Here’s one for ya. When you bend the first note, use all three fingers to do it. First finger on the 5th, second on the 6th and third on the 7th fret. The first and second fingers help the third finger. This should only be done on a guitar with light gauge strings, such as an electric. Try to make your wrist turn when you do it, not just your fingers moving. The (10) should be bent before it’s struck with the pick, then just release the bend when it’s sounding for a cool effect.

voice mechanic guitar lesson

Now try this Chuck Berry type riff. This time bend the note with your 2nd finger only and play the 8th fret with your 3rd finger.

voice mechanic guitar lesson

Now try sliding through different positions with an Am Pentatonic scale.

voice mechanic guitar lesson

Here it is with an A Blues scale, A little more tricky!

voice mechanic guitar lesson

What do you think? Amazing right! If you don’t think so now, just keep practicing! It is going to get better in no time. There are more lessons to be learned at The Voice Mechanic. For a more in depth lesson, contact The Voice Mechanic and set up your first lesson!