#1
I've been playing guitar for about 5 years now. Not religously, I play in leisure time. I can generally play anything I want to and learn it rather fast, but when it comes to solos that involve fast hammer ons and pull offs, I suck.

Any tips or exercises for getting faster and better at hammer ons/pull offs? I generally can't keep them going past 3 times, so they're quite weak...
#2
Just keep doing them as fast as you can untill you cant do them anymore. And by as fast as you can i mean as fast as you can not as fast as you could when you started and before you got tired.
#3
Learn your major and minor scales. Play them faster and faster. It'll help.

Oh and a tip for pull-offs: Pretend the fretboard is a piano keyboard. You're going to pull-off towards the piano, not upwards, away from the keys. Now back to a fretboard. You're going to be pulling off parallel to the face of the fretboard not perpendicular, but perpendicular to the neck. This will give the string a little more vibration for the second note.

I sure hope that made sense ^
#4
oh yea, and ideally, you want your hammer-ons and pull-offs to basically be as loud as you picking the guitar
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#5
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#6
qualtiy should take precedence when exercising your hammer on/pull off skills. Set a specific number of times u want 2 keep a hammer on/pull of lick going. Start out practicing it slow, making sure that every note sounds well and at a fairly even volume. From here, work ur speed up until u can play the riff at the speed u want it may take longer this way but it has many more long term benefits
also practice hammer ons/ pull offs with different sets of fingers because u will find that it is harder to execute these types of riffs using ur ring and pinky finger than with, say, ur index and middle finger
#7
Quote by Quoteman
oh yea, and ideally, you want your hammer-ons and pull-offs to basically be as loud as you picking the guitar

my pull-offs and hammer -ons are actually louder than when i pick, strength comes with practice my friend
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Quote by 68_SG
my pull-offs and hammer -ons are actually louder than when i pick, strength comes with practice my friend


Good for you, pompous much?
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Last edited by Quoteman at May 23, 2008,
#10
Quote by 68_SG
my pull-offs and hammer -ons are actually louder than when i pick, strength comes with practice my friend


I bet it doesn't sound to good then. Its supposed to be smooth not major vibrations after each note.
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my pull-offs and hammer -ons are actually louder than when i pick, strength comes with practice my friend


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#12
Quote by 68_SG
my pull-offs and hammer -ons are actually louder than when i pick, strength comes with practice my friend


I call BS, unless your pick is made of wet noodle. Vid or it didn't happen.
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