Slides And Bends – How To Play Them

playing guitar bends

Learn To Guitar Solo With Slides And Bends

Are you new to the guitar or are you struggling with how to play slides and bends? Ross Campbell introduces guitarists on how to bend and slide into notes across the fretboard. Micro, quarter tone, half tone, full tone bends are covered.

Slides across the neck are performed by Ross and these demonstrations and tips lead on to the next lesson which includes a full solo.


There is no doubt that if you want to create a great sound you not only need to be able to play notes. The other thing you need to develop is a technique that allows you to be expressive. Being expressive within your soloing is a hard thing to quantify; some players have it more than others. What we do know is that part of the expressive sound is arrived at through what we add to the bare note sound. That’s where slides and bends come in. This is how we can play great solos that people find memorable.

Being able to create a great sounding bend takes time and practice. You need to understand at a subconscious level exactly how far to push a string. That is not the only thing, you also need to know the many different types of bends that are available to you. Many of the bends such as those mentioned above cover most of what you will do. There are others such as release bends, but more on that in the next lesson.

Okay, so where to start? Well, the first place to start is by watching the video above. If you are not sure about the scales used, you might want to watch this lesson on pentatonic scales followed by blues scales.

Okay, hopefully you’ll learn a lot from what Ross has to say. In the next lesson you’ll be playing a complete solo using slides and bends.


Lesson tags: bends, how to play slides & bends, slides, slides and bends