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post Sep 6 2015, 05:04 PM
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Original lesson: Beginner's Corner 22: Hammer-On by Bear Rose

Hello ! This is my take on this lesson that I work for a long time as an exercise for hammer-on. I would be happy to have your feeling on what I should do to improve. Thank you !

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post Sep 7 2015, 05:51 AM
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Hi Daeron!

I notice that you are getting better with this technique but there are some important things to work and have in mind during the weeks of practice.

One thing that I note is that some hammer ons are sounding weak, for example the one at 00:15. The note there is not audible so there is something to adjust there. The first thing that I would try is trying to position your thumb on a more "classical" position in order to have more strength with your left hand fingers. I mean a position like this one:

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This will help you to do the other thing that I'll suggest to fix this, and it's tapping stronger with your third and fourth fingers. You need to tap stronger with the tips to get a fuller sound, and the thumb position is really important for it. Try it doing some "air guitar" and you'll note that it's naturally easier.

There are other legato that sound better, while others have some timing issues. However, I think that your left hand is not comfortable yet with this technique.

Please try my suggestions and let me know about how it feels.

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post Sep 7 2015, 06:49 PM
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Very good point by Gabriel - with legato (hammer ons and pull offs) hand position is crutial. Sometimes we struggle and can't play things properly no matter how long we practice. This is caused by the wrong hand shape while doing some particular things/licks. Of and....even if you hear a lot of times that you should be "relaxed" while playing, keep in mind that there are some techniques that require strength and tension. Efficinet legato is one of those - especially while using clean tone or playing acoustic/classical guitar.

Other than that there are two things basicly
1. Timming - you tend to play notes a little too late (afte the beat)
2. Vibrato - not consistent - needs some more practice. Sometimes you slightly overbend the string and it goes a bit too much above the right pitch

Aside from mentioned we have a quite nice tone and not much of unwanted noises + properly tuned guitar. Those things count as well so consider your practice as not wasted smile.gif

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post Sep 12 2015, 10:59 AM
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Hi there. This is a good attempt on this. Developing hammer-ons and pull-offs can be a frustrating time and let me tell you that we ALL find this difficult. Every single one of us smile.gif

You do quite a good job on this, though. You are managing to get the technique happening... you're just a bit unsteady with timing.

As you get better at the technique you should be able to concentrate on making the timing more accurate but I think that improving the hammer-on sound comes first.

At the moment, the wider stretches are difficult for you as the finger isn't able to exert as much force as it travels further away. This is common for everybody so just allow yourself enough the time to build up the strength in your fingers.

The guys suggested using a classical hand position. This could help you as well. However, I would like to point out that you don't have to use a classical hand position to use hammer-ons as there are many players that don't. I also didn't start using a classical hand position until after I learned hammer-ons so it's up to you which you find most comfortable.

You're doing a good job already, just keep doing it!

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