Hammer-On & Pull-Off

Author: Dirk Hagemann
Difficulty: easy


Today we take a closer look at one of the most simple lead guitar techniques. But if you can play this very fast you´re on the way to become a guitar hero. ;-) You can learn this technique and after that I have some nice exercises for you.

Hammer-Ons (abbr. h.o.) you hit a note and after that you use your finger to hammer on another string to produce another note.

E.g.: Use your forefinger to play the note on the 5th fret and hit the same string with you ring finger two frets higher on the 7th fret. You don t pluck the string again for the second note. In a tabfile you can read a hammer-on like this: |----5^7----or----5h7---|

Now we play a hammer-on with more notes.

Your 1st finger lays on the 5th fret the whole time. Play the e-String on the 5th-fret, hammer-on the 8th fret then on the 7th fret with your little finger and then remove the finger so that the sound of the 5th fret note keeps ringing. This sounds harder as it is. Play it slow at first.


Practise: Play some Hammer-Ons like this (it´s the first pattern of the Pentatonic-Scale!):



The Pull-Off technique (abr. p.o.) is quiete the same as the hammer-on, just backwards.

Ex.1: Put your finger the 5th fret of the D-string, pick the string and pull of your finger without interrupting the sound.
Ex.2: Put two fingers on the 5th and 7th fret, then hit the string and remove the finger from the 7th string and let the note from the 5th fret ring.


Hammer-On-Pull-Off Exercise


mp3 Listen to a Midi of the Excercises

Hammer-On Pull-Off Exercises

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