Hendrix Style: Unison Bends

A unison bend is a way of playing unisons (two notes of the same pitch) via bending one of the notes. This can thicken up your melody considerably, adding a dirty texture and passionate whine. Hendrix used this quite a bit to evoke dissonance, since the two notes begin out of tune and are slowly brought to the same pitch as he bent them. This is very effective for adding personality and grit to what would otherwise be a simple melodic line.

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