#1
Hi All... i've realised that after a couple of months of learning electric blues guitar (mostly slow blues licks, Am pentatonic stuff) that i haven't devoted much time at all to hammer-ons/pull-offs...

I quite enjoy the feel of picking every note but some of the pentatonic runs sound a little stiff at times (perhaps i just need to relax more).

Then i read a couple of interviews recently with Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs) who said he decided to train himself to pick every note and seems to play most of his stuff like that.

I guess if you pick every note to start with, it could be easier to add in hammer-ons etc. here and there at a later stage(?)

Anyway, is there anything i'm missing out on by not giving any time to hammer-ons/pull-offs... i mostly play slow blues (i do still use vibrato, string bends, note sliding).

Thanks for any advice.
#2
Definitely missing out.....You can get a much smoother sound through hammer ons and pull offs....
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#3
It's a technique you should know and know well. Using it is up to you. But you don't want to need to know it and don't.
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#4
your missing out on hammer on/pulloffs
theres no set way to play, if it works for you, run with it,
#5
learn all you can its not like your mind is wasting space and its not like its hard you just need to build finger strength. I feel like it sometimes adds something, but to each his own.
#6
Hammer ons/pull offs are a must for guitar. You limit your sound so much without the smooth sound of hammer ons and pull offs used correctly in legato runs.
#7
there pretty easy to learn so u might as well take the time, i almost cant STOP using them now
#8
Wow.

Youre like a house builder that doesnt use wood or nails.

Hammers and pull offs are essential guitar BASICS.

You dont NEED them, but why limit yourself by skipping such simple techniques?
#9
You're missing out on an entirely different element of your playing in general. By using legato (hammer-ons and pulloffs) you'll be able to create much more fluid-sounding runs.
#10
Why wouldn't you want to learn it? Every technique you learn just helps you do more things with your playing.
#11
how can you not know how to hammer on and pull off i started learning to play guitar when i was 8 and i learned that within the first ten minutes of practice
#12
Let me sum this up to you. If you dont learn hammer-ons and pull-offs, you'll fail at guitar and means you cannot sweep, shred, or tap, to be honest. Mostly all picking sounds sloppy and you cannot be good at guitar if you dont use them. To put in two words; You'll Fail.
#13
You can get away with not using legato if you play classical guitar or something, but in most other styles its fundamental. Its easy enough to learn and it will only help you improve.
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learning H/POs is definetly going to open up a new variety and sound that you can produce, its definetly worth the time and effort to learn how to hammer-on/pull-off smoothly.
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how can you not know how to hammer on and pull off i started learning to play guitar when i was 8 and i learned that within the first ten minutes of practice

Oh, and I guess you learned Strairway to Heaven, off by ear, Left handedly backwards

If your going to start practising Hammer Ons/Pull Offs maybe try to use 9. gauge string or something, I`v heard thats its easier for bending with 9. gauge so I guess its easier for Hammer Ons/Pull offs ( correct me if I`m wrong ).
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#17
You should definitely look into doing Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs as well as Hammer-Pulls.

You get a much cleaner sound sometimes, you can play things faster (for the most part) because you are only picking ever other note, or in the case of a Hammer-Pull, every 3 notes, and it's just a useful weapon to have in your playing arsenal
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Let me sum this up to you. If you dont learn hammer-ons and pull-offs, you'll fail at guitar and means you cannot sweep, shred, or tap, to be honest. Mostly all picking sounds sloppy and you cannot be good at guitar if you dont use them. To put in two words; You'll Fail.



Agreed, you should learn hammer-ons and pulls offs, but not because 'you'll fail', but merely because you'll be limiting yourself. If you learn it and you dont like, then by no means do you have to use it, but either way, you'll have another technique to use.

And to be honest, ones skills at shredding is not at all a measure of their guitar success. Id say playing well and with emotion, whether it be fast or slow, it ones true measure of success, not whether they can play 300 nps. Dont scare the TS into thinking otherwise.
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#19
Thanks, guys... i'm starting to learn and use hammer-ons! ... and slides. Thanks for the encouragement and reasoning.