|Learning Guitar - Lesson Seven|
|Part 1: Hammer-ons|
The concept of the hammer-on is fairly simple - playing a note, then, WITHOUT re-picking, playing another note on a higher fret on the same string. Let's examine further:
Use your pick to play the note on the second fret, then, WITHOUT re-picking the note, put the tip of your third finger down firmly on the fourth fret. If you do this with enough force, the note on the fourth fret should sound, even though you didn't re-pick it. If you didn't put your third finger on the string accurately enough, or with enough force, all that probably happened was the first note stopped ringing. Try repeating the exercise, and keep doing so, until the second note rings out clearly.
If you're having trouble understanding what a hammer-on should sound like, be sure to listen to the audio clip of the above example, played several different ways (listen in RealAudio or in MP3 formats).
Things to try:
Now, let's move on to learning pull-offs.