In Depth Guitar Lessons and Expert Help



Beginning

April 18, 2013
 

Hammer On lesson at Access Rock

More articles by »
Written by: Mike Abbott

Before you try the guitar lick,
practice the
hammer-ons a lot-finger strength is needed and
will come with practice.
A hammer-on
is done by
first picking a note(open or fretted),
then firmly and
quickly planting a left hand finger on a different
note(fret).
Listen to the hammer-on guitar lick first,
and then try to play it.

  1. Hammer your finger on the guitar string firmly
  2. Hammer your finger close to the fret
  3. Let the first note ring slightly before hammering
  4. Really think of a hammer hitting a nail
  5. Finger numbers are below the guitar tab staff.

Examples of Hammer-Ons using the notes of the E Blues
Scale

To play a pull-off, play fretted note to lower note or open string.(see
below
):

learn hammer-ons from the E Blues Scale

* Fret to Fret will be harder to
do than open string to fret

Hammer Lick 1

Hammer-on technique shown in a guitar lick

It is easier to start playing hammer-ons and
pull-offs using eighth notes

Pull-Offs: The opposite of hammer-ons

Pull-offs are done when a fretted note is picked, then
the finger pulls off that note causing either the open
string or fretted note to ring. As you see in Picture
2
, the finger does not pull very far off of the
guitar string.

  1. Let the fingertip grab the guitar string slightly
    as it pulls off
  2. The finger should pull up and over the adjacent
    string
  3. Finger numbers are below the Tab staff
  4. If you are doing a pull-off from a fretted note
    to another fretted note, put both fingers on
    their frets and then pull-off( PICTURE 1
    to 2
    )
PICTURE 1

See photo demonstration of a fret to fret pull-off on the guitar

PICTURE 2

 

Pull-Off Lick 1

>Pull-off guitar lick written on the standard and Tab staff.

Pull-Off Lick 2

Pull-off guitar lick written on standard and tab staff

  • Practice the examples
    of hammer-ons
  • Practice each lick 3
    times in a row (keep a steady beat)
  • Practice each lick 3
    times in a row with the metronome
  • Write out a Hammer
    lick and a Pull-off lick with quarter notes and
    half notes.
  • Write out a Hammer
    lick and a Pull-off lick using eighth notes,
    quarter notes, and half notes
  • Practice each one of
    your guitar licks 3 times in a row
  • After writing a couple
    of licks, try creating some on the spot. Count
    the rhythm out loud as you play.
  • Make sure your licks
    are 4 beats long


About the Author

Mike Abbott
Mike is a pro guitarist and music educator.  He has performed with such diverse acts as the Rolling Stones Horns, Sammy Davis Jr., and Burt Bacharach.   After spending much of his music career in New York City, He now is a very busy guitarist in the Denver area, performing and teaching extensively. Mike's latest work is a book, The Guitar and Amp Sourcebook, published by Harper Collins and released in December 2012.



 
 

 
Bill Evans, Jim Hall, Jazz guitar, jazz piano

Mike Abbott Eric Gunnison Duo – Bill Evans Jim Hall Tribute video 2/9/16

  This Bill Evans Jim Hall Tribute Video was taken on Feb. 9th, 2016 at Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver, CO.  please “like” our facebook page! Click Here to Watch The Video
by Mike Abbott
0

 
 
5 points trio

June 2015 – The Mike Abbott Trio

  The Mike Abbott Trio at the 5 Points Jazz Festival May 16th 2015 recorded in Denver, Colorado with  Paul Romaine – drums Mark Simon – bass    
by Mike Abbott
0

 
 
 

Create a blues guitar solo

How to Create a Blues Guitar Solo Just put the right elements together, and you can create a great blues guitar solo! There are a lot of different types of guitar solos – those which seem to go on forever, those which are...
by Mike Abbott
 

 

 
guitar string bend

Soloing Runs and Repeated Ideas

Make your guitar soloing more believable by using runs and ideas! Your guitar soloing will sound boring and aimless if you just string a bunch of guitar licks together. If you combine runs and ideas with a careful choice of lic...
by Mike Abbott
 

 
 
DSCN2678

The All-New Access Rock

We are very proud of our new look, and we hope you like it! It is full of exciting new features… View and post comments on any of our lessons Skype lessons now available! Share your favorite lessons on Facebook and Twitte...
by Mike Abbott
 

 
 
E blues combo lick

E Blues Combo Licks

Inject attitude and style into your guitar solos by combining 2 or 3 different techniques within a guitar lick! (techniques are slides, bends, vibrato etc…) Get confident in each guitar technique (hammer-ons, slides, etc....
by Mike Abbott