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Hammer Ons & Pull Offs Edit

Hammer Ons

A hammer on is a technique used when playing stringed instruments. A hammer on is played by pressing a string down on a fretboard and, while holding the note, a second fret is pressed down on the same string without strumming or picking the note a second time.

Here is an example of Hammer Ons explained in a Tablature format;<br>
EI------------------------------------------------------------------
BI--------------------------------------------3-------------------------------------
GI------------------------------------2h4--------------------------------------
DI----------------------------2h3h4-----------------------------------------
AI--------------2h3h4----------------------------------------------
EI-2h3h4--------------------------------------------------------------



The “h” represents a hammer on

Hammer Ons can be played on an open note as well as displayed below;

EI---------------------------------------------------------
BI---------------------------------------------------------
GI--------------------------0h5--------------------------------------
DI------------------0h3h5-----------------------------------------
AI---------0h2h3----------------------------------------------
EI-0h3-----------------------------------------------------


Essentially, a hammer on is using the vibration from a previously fretted note for a note further up the fret board, although the act of hammering on does cause vibration of the string.

For adequate volume, the hammer on should be accurate. Hammer ons should be practiced regularly to ensure proper execution.



Pull Offs

A pull off is the opposite of a pull off. A pull off is executed by fretting a string in two places and quickly lifting off of the higher fret so that the string vibration is present allowing the lower not to sustain.

Here is an example of pull offs


EI—5p3----------------------------------------------------------
BI-----------5p4p3-----------------------------------------------
GI-------------------5p3-------------------------------------------
DI-------------------------5p3---------------------------------------
AI------------------------------5p3------------------------------------
EI-------------------------------------6p3---------------------------------

“p” represents pulling off of the fret.


You can also pull off to an open string as shown below

EI---------------------------------------------------------------------
BI-----------------------------------------------------------------
GI—3p0-----------------------------------------------------
DI-------------3p2p0-----------------------------------------------
AI------------------------2p0--------------------------------------------
EI----------------------------------3p2p0---------------------------------------

Pulling off to an open string is often associated with bending string. Bending is represented with “^”

The following bend/pull offs will have ½ step bends;

EI---------------------------------------------------------
BI-----------------------------------------------------------------
GI---------------------------------------------------------
DI---------------------------------------------------------------
AI---------------2^p0-----------------------------------------------
EI-3^p0------------------------------------------------------------

Try using both hammer ons and pull offs together to spice up your lead/solo work and keep on rocking in the free world.

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