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Dobro Lessons: Hammer-ons and Pull-offs: The Next Step

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[MUSIC]
Here's a really fun topic,
that I wanna sort of expand upon, and
that's the topic of hammer-ons and
pull-offs.
It's something that you really use a lot
in Dobro playing, and as you go along, so
I want to sort of demonstrate some other
techniques that I use for hammer-ons and
pull-offs and just sort of broaden your
spectrum of ideas and
how you might use these.
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So, a lot of times you think of hammer-ons
and pull-offs down in this low position
here.
That's a great place to use them.
You can start to expand this a little bit,
and use your hammer-ons and
pull-offs up on higher strings.
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So you, you don't have to just
do it down here on the low strings,
you can actually do it up here.
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So, one technique that I use is
I'll just use the top two strings for
hammer-ons and pull-offs and
do something like this.
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So what that technique is,
is it's just using the top two strings
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to sort of bounce off of, and
what I'll do is I'll do,
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open nine, open eight,
on the second string.
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So that's that, that's the whole phrase
really.
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And then you can move that.
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And use your knowledge of scales on the
fret board to keep it diatonic.
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So that's just using a G major scale.
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And what I'm doing is I'm
using my thumb and my middle finger.
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Now,
you can adjust the scale a little bit.
Say I wanted to do that in a minor key.
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All I have to do is just adjust the scale
to the minor,
so in G I'd be using the eighth fret.
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So you can use your knowledge of scales
and the fret board to get hammer-ons and
pull-offs up the neck in a variety of
different ways and
I'll just give you one more demonstration
how I might use that.
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So there I was using the first and third
strings.
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Same idea as the first and second strings,
but now it's the first and third.
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And this technique's a little different,
just cuz you're skipping a string.
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So that can really create a lot of
excitement and really sort of get you out
of that
first position hammer-on and pull-off
zone.
So I've got some exercises here that you
can try on your own.
It's great for getting these hammer-ons
and pull-offs going in another way.
One other thing I'll mention about
hammer-ons and pull-offs is,
the way I do them, I actually don't
usually hammer on.
In this exercise I do,
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actually no I don't.
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I fi, I, I pluck the string.
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And that tends to be what I usually do.
When I'm, instead of hammering on,
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I pluck all the notes and then I pull off.
So if I were to go from low to high,
you'll notice I pluck most of the strings.
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So you can use your alternate picking for
that but then when I pull off I do, do, do
the pull-off.
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And
the reason I do this is because when you
pluck the hammer-on,
we actually, it's not a hammer-on when you
actually pluck the note.
It gives it a lot more staccato kind of
drive.
It can give you this machine gun-style
sound.
You can hear the difference.
Here's hammer-ons and pull-offs,
just straight up
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It sounds good and you can do it really
fast.
It's a little sort of soft sounding and
squishy.
If I, if I start plucking all the up notes
where there'd be hammer-on's you can
hear it gets a lot more staccato.
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So that's a technique that I tend to use,
and I just do that mostly all the time.
Unless I'm doing a really fast triplet
hammer-on or something,
I'll be plucking all those up strokes and
then pulling off for the pull-offs.
So it's something you can try that's the
way I do it.
You know, find your own way with the
hammer-ons and pull-offs, but
there are some cool exercises you should
check out and just know that you
can really get expansive with the
hammer-ons and pull-offs.
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