Hammer Ons

author: drishtortion date: 03/16/2012 category: guitar techniques

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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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