Here's a question that's probably so general as to be almost meaningless but... can anybody shed any light on what Jerry is doing when he bends his notes? Sometimes it sounds like he's bending almost all the notes, but it always sounds so profoundly right somehow; and really traditional. I think it could be a lot in major pentatonic, but beyond that, can anybody give me any other little hints about this?
hmm im not sure what you mean by him bending all the notes. but i think the way jerry uses bending is incredibly unique. im at work right now so i cant find immediate examples at the moment but just the context of the way he uses bends is much unlike other guitarists. a lot of dudes use it to hit a high musical peak, like the high part of a jam. but garcia would bend in the middle of runs in certain ways thats hard to replicate. ill find some clips when i get home
from a technical standpoint - most guys bend from their ring finger, but ive seen jerry using, his pinky and middle finger as well