Hammer Ons

A simple guide to hammer ons and their usage.

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=== What are hammer ons?? === Hammering something is hitting something hard. Similarly, 'hammer on' in guitar is a technique that involves hitting a string on a particular fret by your left hand (if you are a right handed guitarist). It produces the sound of the fret you hit hard. === Where is it used?? === Hammer ons are used in solos mainly but also for finger-picking and arpeggios. Hammer ons come in handy to make it easier for your playing/strumming/picking hand by producing the sound of a note using your left hand. === How is it shown in tabs?? === In tabs, hammer ons are usually shown by the letter 'h' accompanied by a number to the left and a number to the right. For eg:
e-----|
B-7h8-|
G-----|
D-----|
A-----|
E-----|
Hammer ons are a very useful technique and produce a sound different from bends, slides and pull offs. But when played together, the sound really good. Try this:
e-------------------5h8-|
B----------------5h8----|
G-------------5h7-------|
D---------5h7-----------|
A-----5h7---------------|
E-5h8-------------------|
That's the A minor pentatonic scale you just played using hammer ons. You could also try this:
e-----0h2-----2h3-|
B---3-------3-----|
G-2-------2-------|
D-----------------|
A-----------------|
E-----------------|
Thank You!

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    krypticguitar87
    hey man, this is an improvement from last time, but I would have taken the example and explained from there that you would fret the 7 pluck the string then fret the 8 with your next finger while the last note is still ringing out (with our plucking the string again) personally when I teach I do both hammer-ons and pull-offs at the same time then teach them how to trill to practice the technique.... just my 2 cents, again this one is better than the sliding one.
    drishtortion
    krypticguitar87 wrote: hey man, this is an improvement from last time, but I would have taken the example and explained from there that you would fret the 7 pluck the string then fret the 8 with your next finger while the last note is still ringing out (with our plucking the string again) personally when I teach I do both hammer-ons and pull-offs at the same time then teach them how to trill to practice the technique.... just my 2 cents, again this one is better than the sliding one.
    Thanks a ton. Well, sliding was the first and this is only my second lesson. So, I'm trying. Thanks for the input!
    mandmawesome
    Hey, so when you hammer on, you play the previous note and then the next note, hitting hard???
    drishtortion
    mandmawesome wrote: Hey, so when you hammer on, you play the previous note and then the next note, hitting hard???
    You just hit the fret you wanna play hard so you can hear the sound of that fret.