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The Tri-Tone Theory Applied To Pedal Steel Bends
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The Tri-Tone Theory Applied To Pedal Steel Bends

 Here's a terrific, and rather advanced lesson that's a real test for your left, or fretting hand! We'll be doing some advanced, "index finger only" bends that pertain to the G string, while holding down some other notes as part of an overall chord.
It's a subject many of us rarely touch upon, but the ability to shift within chords as the result of bends combined with fretted notes can be a real workout for the left hand, as well as your ability to recognize the correct pitch! The majority of these licks use the tri-tone theory to help us move the chords as I-IV-V changes, and in many cases the notes we are bending are what actually remains consistent through the chord changes, they simply now take on new meanings with the new chords they are now part of!
So try not to "dive" into these too quickly, as they can be a bit of a strain, and I certainly don't want you to get hurt! I'd recommend doing these on strings that are no heavier than .010s, although some of you who are stronger and used to extreme bending can attempt them on .011s! Good luck! —Arlen Roth

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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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