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ZZ Top Bending Riff

By Darren DeFranco


Hey bending masters!

Hopefully bending hasn’t wrecked your fingers too much! But all that hard work is going to pay off because we’re going to learn a super fun bluesy-rock riff in the style of Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top. Bending is an essential technique for anything blues related, so if you’re interested in this style it’s worth putting in the time to master. Remember, all the notes in this riff come out of the A minor pentatonic scale, so keep track of the ones that sound cool to bend. That way, when you make your own riffs, you’ll have a good idea which notes to bend.

Enjoy the riff guys!


Practice and master this riff, making sure your bends are accurate and in pitch.


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