Pre Bends

A technique where the guitarist bends a string before striking it, then releases the bend to produce a descending pitch effect.

Pre-bends are a creative and expressive technique in guitar playing, often used to add tension, surprise, or emotion to a performance. By bending a string to a desired pitch before striking it with the picking hand, guitarists can create a unique sound that starts at a higher pitch and descends as the bend is released. Pre-bends can be used in various musical contexts, such as solos, riffs, or as a way to add variety and interest to melodic lines.

Developing a clean and accurate pre-bend technique requires practice, focusing on finger strength, hand position, and pitch control. Incorporating pre-bends into one’s playing can greatly enhance the expressiveness and individuality of a guitarist’s sound, helping to create a more engaging and memorable performance.

Check out these Licklibrary guitar Lessons and Courses to learn more about pre bending techniques on guitar.