Hammer On

A Hammer On is a technique where you rapidly, with some force, put a finger of your fretting hand down on a string to make it sound without having to pick it with your picking hand. It’s used for grace notes, trills and other times where the timing may be difficult to achieve with the picking hand alone.

One of the most common hammer ons is on the E string of a D chord. Try getting it and your picking to sound the same by strengthening the hammer on and softening the picking.

Hammer On

Pull Off

A Pull Off is the reverse technique, where you pluck the string with your fretting finger as you remove it from the string. Again, common on the E string of the D chord. Try getting it and your picking to sound the same by strengthening the pull off and softening the picking.

Pull Off

Trill

Hammer Ons and Pull Offs are often used together to create a trill or a sequence of quick notes. See if you can keep the trill sounding strong for several seconds.

Trill

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