String gauge and bending

When it comes to finding the correct string gauge the best bet is to start out light,            say 10 gauge on acoustic, that is very light but it’s a bit easier on your fingers and 9 gauge on electric again very light and prone to snapping on the 2 high strings but when you practice bending techniques it is easier on your fingers, try not to bend to far as it will be out of tune and snap much easier, a full tone bend is the same note as 2 frets higher than your starting fret so a full bend starting at fret 10 would have the resulting sound as simply freting fret 12 but sounds way cooler, a good way to check your bend is in tune is firstly make sure your guitar is in tune then keep playing the higher fret and the bend untill you hear the same note, same goes for a half bend so fret 10 would be the same as fretting fret 11, the idea of a bend is in the way you play it have a toy around bending slowly, fast , from half to full. Another technique is a ghost bend (more advanced) so on the ghost bend you don’t strike the note only hitting it when you reach the top and release the bend should be silent until peaked and released resulting in a very cool blues tone. When you get used to the lighter gauges try moving up to 11 or 12 acoustic, 10 gauge is a great electric gauge but you may prefer 11 or 12 or even 13 (painful). Bronze for acoustic, steels for electric, nylon for classical.


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