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The Pedal-Steel Effect "Block" Chord Bend
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The Pedal-Steel Effect "Block" Chord Bend

Here's one of my favorite positions when it comes to making the guitar sound like a pedal steel. Very important to use three fingers to fret, as well as that index finger to help push up the bend,a s well as push the unwanted strings out of the way! Don't try to fall back on using a barre to play the two top strings, you'll be glad later!
When I was a kid and loved The Byrds with Clarence White, I didn't realize he had invented a "B-bender" to get that pedal steel-like sound, so I just started imitating it this way, because I was sure it was a guitar I was hearing, and NOT a pedal steel, so I came up with this style!
Also, be sure to remember that you are mimicking a mechanical device here, so the bend must have that very precise "pedal off, pedal on" kind of clarity and pureness, unlike most blues-oriented bends. So give it a try, and make sure all the physical aspects are in place, and be sure to train your ear, and get those bent pitches perfect! Hope you enjoy! —Arlen Roth

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Arlen Roth

Music lesson pioneer Arlen Roth is the quintessential guitarist. An accomplished and brilliant musician — and one of the very few who can honestly say he’s done it all — Roth has, over the course of his celebrated 35-year career, played on the world’s grandest stages, accompanied many of the greatest figures in modern music and revolutionized the concept of teaching guitar. Read More...

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