#1
I think I'm alright with hammer ons and pull offs in general but I'm having a little trouble when trying to play Thunderstruck by AC/DC. I think the main problem is when I'm pulling off to the open string, sometimes it makes such a loud errie noise than the other notes. If hand position matters, my pink and ring fingers perfectly symmetrical to each other in an angled position and the other fingers and square.
#2
I get the same thing, I'll be interested in any help or advice

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#3
just practice...i had the same problem.
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#4
Yeah I think I'm getting a hang of it after a bit of pratice. I have another question though.. my 2 middle fingers shouldn't be hovering way above the string, right? Should I try to keep them as close to the string as possible without it touching? Usually this isn't a problem when hitting notes but when I'm doing all hammers on/pull off apparently it is.
#5
I rest one of my picking fingers lightly on the high E and leave the pick against on the G to keep them muted during that riff.
#6
If the open notes are louder you're probably pulling off way too hard; try and control you hand a bit more so you're only pulling off enough to sound the note rather than attacking it too hard and getting too much volume.
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If the open notes are louder you're probably pulling off way too hard; try and control you hand a bit more so you're only pulling off enough to sound the note rather than attacking it too hard and getting too much volume.


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Maybe try lightly muting the string too.
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#8
are you talking about the main riff?
i just alternate pick the whole thing
i've gotten the timing down perfectly, so it sounds good
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are you talking about the main riff?
i just alternate pick the whole thing
i've gotten the timing down perfectly, so it sounds good



Wow, that sounds pretty hard.

Anyway, I had the same problem.

Try to relax your fingers, that can help.
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Quote by AeroRocker
are you talking about the main riff?
i just alternate pick the whole thing
i've gotten the timing down perfectly, so it sounds good


Yeah its easier imo to alternate pick it, which is what i believe they do in the studio. But on stage they do the hammers and pull offs.
#11
Angus Young has never played Thunderstruck with hammer ons and pull-offs live. He only once did it in the video. He always plays it with alternate picking live and in the studio. You can even hear it in the song: the little "pec" sound the pick makes when it hits the strings.
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Angus Young has never played Thunderstruck with hammer ons and pull-offs live. He only once did it in the video. He always plays it with alternate picking live and in the studio. You can even hear it in the song: the little "pec" sound the pick makes when it hits the strings.



tis true, im new here by the way, only been playing 3 months, and i can nearly alternate to the song in time
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#13
I read about somewhere that in the recording of Thunderstruck, Angus took off the other string(s) because he's having some problems on the execution. So he did that to be able to execute a nice and clean hammer-ons and pull-offs. And yes on live, he alternate picks 'em.
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I read about somewhere that in the recording of Thunderstruck, Angus took off the other string(s) because he's having some problems on the execution. So he did that to be able to execute a nice and clean hammer-ons and pull-offs. And yes on live, he alternate picks 'em.


He put tape on the other strings and alternate picked the entire thing.
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Angus Young has never played Thunderstruck with hammer ons and pull-offs live. He only once did it in the video. He always plays it with alternate picking live and in the studio. You can even hear it in the song: the little "pec" sound the pick makes when it hits the strings.


I'm only repeating what he himself said in a video.