Accidentally playing other strings while bending.

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Goyohan

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Hi, this is my first time posting here so sorry if my formatting isn't great.
I've been playing guitar for a while, but have always struggled with accidentally picking other strings while bending. Whether it's with my nails (which I have very short) on my left hand, or accidentally pulling a string with my left hand while I release a bend, or even accidentally picking another with my right hand while trying to only pick the string I'm bending. What are some ways to help allieviate/avoid this?

-Goyohan (2015 Gibson Les Paul Studio 100th Anniversary)

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Hi, this is my first time posting here so sorry if my formatting isn't great.
I've been playing guitar for a while, but have always struggled with accidentally picking other strings while bending. Whether it's with my nails (which I have very short) on my left hand, or accidentally pulling a string with my left hand while I release a bend, or even accidentally picking another with my right hand while trying to only pick the string I'm bending. What are some ways to help allieviate/avoid this?

-Goyohan (2015 Gibson Les Paul Studio 100th Anniversary)

Goyohan

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I forgot to mention, I am playing on a 2015 Gibson Les Paul Studio (the 100th anniversary edition) which has a "0 degree action" and a slightly wider neck than most guitars. I feel like this should make it easier if anything which just makes me feel worse about my issue lol.

-Goyohan (2015 Gibson Les Paul Studio 100th Anniversary)

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I forgot to mention, I am playing on a 2015 Gibson Les Paul Studio (the 100th anniversary edition) which has a "0 degree action" and a slightly wider neck than most guitars. I feel like this should make it easier if anything which just makes me feel worse about my issue lol.

-Goyohan (2015 Gibson Les Paul Studio 100th Anniversary)

William MG

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Welcome to the forum.

I am not an expert at bending but its getting better with attention to finger angle. Hopefully this helps, easier to show than try to type it out.

https://youtu.be/2c1jKgtnp5w

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

Works for me!

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Welcome to the forum.

I am not an expert at bending but its getting better with attention to finger angle. Hopefully this helps, easier to show than try to type it out.

https://youtu.be/2c1jKgtnp5w

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

Works for me!

ChristopherSchlegel

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Joined: 08/09/05

Posts: 6320

Hey & welcome!

Originally Posted by: Goyohan

I've been playing guitar for a while, but have always struggled with accidentally picking other strings while bending.

Getting the technique right slowly is the first step. You have to slow down & deliberately use the right physical motions. Depending on your skill level & desired musical genre, have a look at these tutorials.

Rock Bending level 1

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1589

Rock Bending level 2

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1721

Blues beginner bending

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=723

This next one is particularly good at making you focus on picking as precisely & economically.

Blues intermediate bending

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1614

Blues course bending tutorial

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=891

Hope one (or more) of those helps. Please ask more if necessary. Best of success with it!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

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Hey & welcome!

Originally Posted by: Goyohan

I've been playing guitar for a while, but have always struggled with accidentally picking other strings while bending.

Getting the technique right slowly is the first step. You have to slow down & deliberately use the right physical motions. Depending on your skill level & desired musical genre, have a look at these tutorials.

Rock Bending level 1

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1589

Rock Bending level 2

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1721

Blues beginner bending

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=723

This next one is particularly good at making you focus on picking as precisely & economically.

Blues intermediate bending

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1614

Blues course bending tutorial

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=891

Hope one (or more) of those helps. Please ask more if necessary. Best of success with it!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

Goyohan

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Thank you for the replies and help. I'm having better luck now!

-Goyohan (2015 Gibson Les Paul Studio 100th Anniversary)

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Thank you for the replies and help. I'm having better luck now!

-Goyohan (2015 Gibson Les Paul Studio 100th Anniversary)

ChristopherSchlegel

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Joined: 08/09/05

Posts: 6320

Originally Posted by: Goyohan

Thank you for the replies and help. I'm having better luck now!

Good deal! Keep practicing!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

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Originally Posted by: Goyohan

Thank you for the replies and help. I'm having better luck now!

Good deal! Keep practicing!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory