The UK’s Kris Barras is one of the world’s hottest blues guitarists right now, owing to his searing solos and slick slide techniques, and here, he shares two lessons to improve your string bending.
These two videos will take you from string-bending basics to more advanced techniques: part 1 covers keeping your string bends in tune and playing clean bends. Part two, meanwhile, shows you how to integrate string bends in your own guitar licks, using bend-and-release techniques.
Although these lessons are aimed at intermediate players, beginners can play through the licks at a slower tempo to build up dexterity and coordination.
These videos come courtesy of Elixir Strings, Kris’s favourite electric guitar strings.
As Kris says, “I hate changing strings, and I can always rely on Elixir Strings to maintain a great feel and awesome tone - show after show.”
Make the switch
If you’ve been playing uncoated electric strings, it’s worth leaving your preconceived notions about coated strings behind and trying Elixir Strings OPTIWEB Coated Electric Strings.
OPTIWEB Coated Strings feel natural, making it easy to bend, while they sound like uncoated strings and possess excellent tuning stability.
Plus, if you’re like Kris and loathe changing strings, there’s good news: the tone of OPTIWEB Coated Strings lasts longer than other strings, coated or uncoated.* By avoiding the hassle of frequent string changes, you have more time to make music.
Listen and compare for yourself to find the coating options that suit your tone and feel preference.
* Elixir Strings Player Survey