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Temporary Rules – No Bending, Slides Instead

            For this tip, we’re going to stretch our creativity by using a temporary rule when playing. The next time you are going to improvise a solo or melody idea, whether it’s in band rehearsal or just jamming over your favorite jam-along track, eliminate bends. Any time you feel like you are about to play one of your standard licks with a bend, use a slide instead. You can even use the whammy bar if you have one. By taking slides out of your options for a day, you’ll be forced to think of new ideas for getting what you want out of your playing. You will discover some great new techniques and add some new ideas to your playing. Enjoy! 

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