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I’m trying to nail Shine on you crazy diamond which has more bends in than any other song I’ve tried to learn so I’m not great at them. The issue I’m having is when I’m bending up you can hear my nail strike the string above and it rings out through the amp. What am I doing wrong. I don’t have long nails but will trimming them right down help? 
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  • maharg101maharg101 Frets: 742
    Try to get "under" the string by angling the finger doing the bending down a bit, so that the nail would be above the height of the adjacent string. In this way, a big enough bend would "scoop up" and mute the adjacent string. Sometimes you want to let the adjacent string ring out too, to "dirty" the note.

    If this is hard to achieve with practice, it might be that the action on your guitar is too low for you to get "under" the string.
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  • vizviz Frets: 10762
    When you say bending “up”, you mean upwards, away from the earth, towards the sky, towards the bass strings, yes?

    Are you perhaps putting your finger down too perpendicularly to tFB? You need to have a bit more of the fleshy pad pf your finger on the string so when you bend, your nail is nowhere near the string next to it. 
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  • ToneControlToneControl Frets: 12077
    doesn't sound quite the same, but I prefer to slide up to some of the notes, personal taste really, I like the solid note at the top

    depends if you want to replicate the original or play something that works for you

    I do play with some of the mad bends on this sometimes, but I don't really like some of the wobbly bits (in the original as well as my playing)

    DG is probably my favourite player, and this track does sound sublime, I just think it would sound better with less of those extreme bends 
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  • vizviz Frets: 10762
    This is bending a perfect 4th on the G string. 
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  • ditchboyditchboy Frets: 307
    viz said:
    When you say bending “up”, you mean upwards, away from the earth, towards the sky, towards the bass strings, yes?

    Are you perhaps putting your finger down too perpendicularly to tFB? You need to have a bit more of the fleshy pad pf your finger on the string so when you bend, your nail is nowhere near the string next to it. 
    Yes that’s what I meant. And yes based on that picture above I think I’m trying to bend more with the tip than the pad. 
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  • viz said:
    This is bending a perfect 4th on the G string. 
    Looks like a perfect fifth on the table!
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 8841
    ditchboy said:
    … based on that picture above I think I’m trying to bend more with the tip than the pad. 
    Be careful doing that. In my early days I tore the skin under my nail by pushing sideways with an upright finger tip. Flatten your finger, and where possible support the bend with other fingers
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 14710
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    doesn't sound quite the same, but I prefer to slide up to some of the notes, personal taste really, I like the solid note at the top

    depends if you want to replicate the original or play something that works for you

    I do play with some of the mad bends on this sometimes, but I don't really like some of the wobbly bits (in the original as well as my playing)

    DG is probably my favourite player, and this track does sound sublime, I just think it would sound better with less of those extreme bends 
    That is my approach TBH - Maybe as I also listen a lot to sax players - Maybe my technique and as you say a 'solid note' at the end - I have a good vibrato, but to long sliding to the note means my bends are not adequate, but I don't get hung up about it

    If playing 12 bar/blues etc I tend to go with the old 30's/40's 50's black blues approach with 1/4 note bends as well - But that is in many ways a different story - If I'm trying to nail a melodic phrase then I slide and nail the right note 

    A poor bend sounds awful - A slide is never wrong - Same applies to GM and still got the blues etc etc
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  • ditchboyditchboy Frets: 307
    Snapped a brand new high e string on my tele last night trying to bend up a whole tone. I couldn’t quite get it up to a full tone and was probably getting just past halfway then “pop” nearly had my eye out! 
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  • PALPAL Frets: 557
    I think there are two things here. If you use a higher action there is a chance your finger can go under the sting as you have
      described so if a higher action is your preference you could try damping the lower strings with your hand.
      Hoe this helps.
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  • jaymenonjaymenon Frets: 840
    edited June 9
    The palm of your right hand also comes into play - to mute the other strings
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  • susbemolsusbemol Frets: 436
    Something else you may find useful is practising bends while checking with a tuner. The goal is obviously to be able to do it by ear but the tuner can provide useful info on things that can be improved.

    The number of guitarists that seem to often bend flat/sharp without being aware of it is unbelievable.
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  • nero1701nero1701 Frets: 1539
    ditchboy said:
    Snapped a brand new high e string on my tele last night trying to bend up a whole tone. I couldn’t quite get it up to a full tone and was probably getting just past halfway then “pop” nearly had my eye out! 
    I had this quite recently on my 335, it broke at the tuning peg on a locking tuner. I've swapped the locking tuners back for regular ones as it wasn't the first time that it had happened.
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