Who is credited with first employing bent notes?

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  1. AlRob

    AlRob Member

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    I was curious who is credited with first employing full bends (half and whole step) as part of their playing style? Was it BB King?
     
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    I doubt BB was the first, although he certainly helped perfect the art.
     
  3. Chrome Dinette

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    I am going to say that it probably wasn't a guitarist.
     
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    Which came first? Bending, or Pre-bending?

    :)
     
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    my first thought as well, even limiting the field to string instruments.

    Variations on the question could be first documented example of a guitarist bending in performance or bends being notated in a composition (eg did any of the 19th Century classical guitarists bend notes), first recorded example etc
     
  6. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    i am going to agree, backed up by some hubristic & definitive certainty.
     
  7. AlRob

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    Sorry for the ambiguity - I'm referring to bending a guitar string up a half or whole step. I'm thinking in terms of blues history and the incorporation of bending as a playing style.
     
  8. Neer

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    You'd probably have to say Eddie Lang, Nick Lucas, Bud Scott, Johnny St. Cyr, Lonnie Johnson.....
     
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    on guitar it was Lonnie Johnson who is also credited with being the first to play single note guitar solos.
     
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    'I told you to do the bendy...' - about 1:15 or so.

     
  11. splatt

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    but, you might want to look further, at where "blues guitar"-styles come from.....
    which is not necessarily the guitar, per sé.
    isn't it kinda odd to isolate the guitar from the actuality of its history?

    i don't mean to be pedantic, here:
    any single-"credit" at which you might arrive-at is in some way gonna be "wrong", or certainly "wrong-ish",
    if you begin look into the instrument's long history.

    have you ever heard any touareg oud-playing/singing?
    you might enjoy it.

    do you listen to any african, indian, middle-eastern music?

    note that the suffix "-tar" means "string",
    in both the ancient persian & very old sanskrit-derived languages.

    fretted stringed-instruments were arrived-at well after un-fretted ones,
    and, 'single'-note players have, historically, always shown both desire & affinity for developing techniques to mimic the human voice & occasionally those of certain culturally-significant animals, so.....
    etc.
     
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    Yah, but which guy was first? :bonk
     
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    Django made use of bends all the time.
     
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    Blind Louie Alfarell is credited with the first bent banjo string in a Stephen Foster review in 1856. He discontinued the stylistic figure when the rest of the band said they didn't like it.
     
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    There were many before Django.
     
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    Maybe sitar players? Those are some big frets.
     
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    Chinese pipa players were bending strings over 2,000 years ago, well before the sitar and koto, I think...

    I also believe it's generally thought that the pipa and oud both derived from a common ancestor, somewhere in Central/Southwest Asia
     
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    the diddley bow and a similar string instrument from the area that is now Iran predate all of the above, or so I read in college days.
     
  20. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    ..... not sure, but seem to remember that the ektar & dotar each have history
    dating back to pre-vedic era..... iow, more than 2k yrs ago, bet. >1500-1000 B.C.
     

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