Guitar Hammer Ons and Pull Offs


Hammer-ons and pull-offs, also known as guitar slurs, are used to help create a smoother sound between 2 different notes. The 2nd note of a slur is produced by the actions of a left hand finger only, and the string is not plucked again.

 

Hammer-ons (upward slurs)

For a hammer-on, a note is plucked, and then a 2nd note is sounded by slamming or “hammering” another finger onto the same string at a higher fret.

Your first hammer-on

Hammer On Tablature

Place your 1st finger on the 1st string, 5th fret. Pluck the string with your right hand, then “slam” your 2nd finger down on the 1st string at the 6th fret.

Pull-offs (downward slurs)

A pull-off can be thought of as the opposite of a hammer-on. Before starting, you will need to have both left hand fingers that will be involved already placed in their perspective frets.

The 1st note is plucked, and then pulling that finger off of the string with force sounds the 2nd note. You are basically plucking the string with the left hand finger that you used for the 1st note. You will need to pull both towards the floor, and out away from the neck of the guitar.

Your first pull-off

Pull Off Tablature

Place your 1st finger on the 1st string 5th fret, and your 2nd finger on the 1st string 6th fret. Pick the string with your right hand, and then pluck the string with your left hand 2nd finger so that the note that is being held with your 1st finger sounds.

 


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