Not just any double stop blues bends…but 2 dimensional bends. No it’s not the stuff of science fiction, but a blues lead guitar fact.
In this video guitar lesson I’m going to show you a common way you can bend 2 strings 2 different amounts. One string you will bend up whole step and the other you will bend up a half step.
(Video Guitar Lesson)
Download an MP3 blues jam track and printout PDF for this guitar lesson lower on this page.
Double Stop Blues Bends – Lead Guitar Lick in E
A double stop is just a term for playing 2 notes at the same time.
In the blues guitar lick below you’re going to barre your 3rd finger across both the 3rd and 2nd strings at the 14th fret. You will also want to take your 2nd finger and barre across the same strings at the 13th fret for support.
You will then bend both strings toward the floor. If you focus on bending your 3rd string up a whole step. Bending up so that the 3rd string sounds like the 16th fret, something magic happens. Your 2nd string does not bend up a whole step like the 3rd string, but goes up a half step instead. So the note on the 14th fret of the 2nd string bends up until it sounds like the 13th fret.
Don’t loose sleep over why, it just does. And if you bend the strings toward the ceiling it would be more difficult to bend both strings together. This guitar lick also has a hammer-on from the 12th to the 13th fret on the 3rd string. At the same time you are also playing the 12th fret of the 2nd string.
The last note you play on the 4th string at the 14th fret is an E. Use this note as a reference to move this guitar lick to other keys. This lick works great over an E7 chord.
Double Stop Blues Bends – Lead Guitar Lick in A
If you shift the above lick down the neck so that the last note is at the 7th fret, this lick would be in the key of A.
Double Stop Blues Bends – Lead Guitar Lick in B
Shift up 2 frets from where you played the guitar lick in the key of A, and you will be in the key of B.
Blues in the Key of E
The basic chords in a blues in the key of E are E7, A7 and B7. Try applying the E, A and B licks above to the basic blues chord progression below. The licks is one measure each. So when you have 2 measures of E7 or A7 just play the lick twice.
You will see me demonstrate this in the video guitar lesson at the top of the page. You can download a blues in E jam track a little lower on the page.
Guitar Lesson Downloads
Below is a PDF file you can print out for this guitar lesson as well as a blues in E jam track to play along with.
(Right Click the links below and choose “Save As” or “Save Target As” or “Download Linked Files As”)
PDF Music Stand Printout
MP3 Jam Track Download
Have fun with you new double stop blues bends.