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Bending the guitar strings to change a note or tone is abusive to the fingertips of the fret hand.
To put it mildly it is a lot of work to play this style.
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Here is an exclusive tip from the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Gauge size is .013″ to .056″, basically the same size as suspension bridge cable.
I am a sissy, I use light gauge strings such as .009″ to .046″ gauge.
Bending strings is quite common today, however there is a fairly serious problem that can occur from lots of guitar string bending that is not a guitar problem. The problem I want to address is cuts on your fingertips and or separation of the fingernail to the fingertip itself. Regardless of whether it is a cut or separation, a drop of super glue solves the problem.
This is a mandatory tool to keep available, like in your gig bag or tool box.
Players like Stevie Ray bend strings use a playing technique where you bend the strings with your left hand, for right handed guitarists that is.
It is part of the particular style of music most blues players use, which is a staple of blues guitar music.