I had my first lesson this afternoon, and… I bent a note! I don’t know how many videos I’ve watched in my attempts to do that, but having a one-on-one session did the trick.
The first thing you have to do is learn to play single notes. I can do that, so we went straight to bending the 5-hole draw. This week I am to practice the 5-hole draw and the 4-hole draw, and if I get that down, I can attempt to bend the 3-hole draw. In addition, I am to try playing along with Blues guitar tracks. The instructor offered to make CDs, but I have some in my iTunes. (Anyway, my computer’s CD player doesn’t work.)
I asked how to keep myself from becoming bored, and the instructor said I could try bending notes on things I know how to play, such as When The Saints Go Marching In and Mannish Boy. But the notes he wants me to bend are blows. He’ll show me next week how to play Mannish Boy so that the note I need to bend is a draw. Also next week, I think we’re going to start Blues scales.