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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: Hammer and Pull (Key of G) - Exercise 1

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[MUSIC]
We're
gonna jump in now with a few exercises
that, that I feel I've sort of designed to
help build some of the things that we've
the basic level.
Some of the flatpicking techniques and
embellishments.
And two, two of
the more popular embellishments with this
style of guitar, hammer ons and pull offs.
You see them all, all through different
styles of guitar.
But when it comes to making acoustic,
acoustic music, getting the most out of an
acoustic guitar and
the most consistent tone, hammer ons and
pull offs, can be your friend.
And so, there is an exercise I'll, I'll,
I'll run through a little bit.
And the goal for this is using hammer-ons
and pull offs.
We talked about how the hammered note
needs to be as loud as the pick notes and
the pull notes need to be as loud as the
pick notes.
And a you know, quick demonstration of
that.
Here's I'm playing the open, open string B
hammering on into the third fret D.
[MUSIC]
You know.
You know, I try to be very accurate with
the, with the hammer and actually,
you know, hammering into the into the,
using the fret as kind of a.
[MUSIC]
A target.
And the same thing with the pull off.
Talked about a, a rest stroke with the
pull off actually pulling into the string.
Creates a little more of a, of a snap.
And so, you know, putting all this into an
exercise is just something to practice
You know, sort of building strength,
building strength calisthenics here.
And and so I'll, I'll just run through the
exercise slowly,
starting from the first bar I'm looking at
the the same tab you are here.
And we start with a, with an open E
string.
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And one more time.
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The goal for
these kind of exercises, we've talked
about a, a rhythmic picking hand.
And, as, as simple as the music sounds in
this, it's, it's a good little exercise to
start building awareness of how these
things should feel.
When you use hammer ons and pull offs, you
know they can enhance your playing not
just in an embellishment, in a fancy kind
of way.
But actual you know, it builds efficiency,
it builds a sense of getting around the
guitar.
That, for a solid tone production.
And you know, we talked about the hammers
and pulls.
You'll really want a consistent volume, so
really all the right hand is doing is
this, with your pick.
[SOUND] Right?
Just into the string and the left hand's
doing the rest of the work, or
the fretting hand.
So on the first bar here.
[MUSIC]
Right?
[MUSIC]
That's two hits on the first string,
two hits on the second string.
[MUSIC]
So
that, that's part of the, you know, if you
will, a trick behind that kind of thing.
And, and, the way I use it and the way,
the way this kind of stuff manifests
itself later is if you add tempo.
[MUSIC]
You know, I'm doubling
the speed at which I'm able to play just,
just by having a strong left hand.
So I just show, well, I'll show you just a
couple different ways to practice this,
this kind of thing.
And, first, we'll start on metronome at 60
beats a minute.
[SOUND] And as we do with a lot of these
exercises,
we'll start with some rhythm because it's
important to sort
of settle in to the timing that we're
trying to find here.
So.
[MUSIC]
Here we go.
[MUSIC]
I found it.
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We'll do it very slow.
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And repeat,
[MUSIC]
All right?
And some of the challenges within that,
you'll, you'll notice that most
most professional guitar players have
trouble slowing things down.
And the reason that is is a lot of us that
build, you know, we start young.
And, it's, you know, your muscles kinda
grow into the guitar and
we can do things that are pretty fast and
efficient looking.
And, it's hard to kinda break that down
and really look at what;s going on.
But some of the things to think about in
this exercise in bar two.
I noticed that when I played with the
metronome right there.
I got ahead of it just a little bit at bar
two with this move here.
[MUSIC]
I'm still just it's still
just four quarter notes to the bar but
there's a string change issue right there.
[MUSIC]
So, you know,
we talked about the, the sorta basic kinda
rest,
rest stroke approach of starting above the
guitar, into the guitar.
That kind of comes to play in here with
with string changing.
Got an open E.
[MUSIC]
And right back to the second string, so
that's a little.
[MUSIC]
It's a,
it's a little bit sort of
counter-intuitive.
Maybe a little bit weird feeling right
there with the, again we're, a lot of.
One of the things we're going to do here
is you know, as we move on.
And, and you guys can submit some videos
we can discover things like that within a,
within a exercise or a tune.
And we can you know look at how to make
these transitions like that smoother.
And it, you know the bigger picture is
improved at that point.
And so those are, those are a lot of basic
things.
I'll show you this exercise now at 80
beats a minute to give you a sense of
where it can go.
[SOUND] So once again we start out with
some rhythm.
[MUSIC]
Once I feel locked in I'll jump in.
[MUSIC]
All right.
So that's a simple good little exercise to
work on,
start building awareness of hammer-ons and
pull-offs.
We got a couple more to jump into, and
let's get to it.
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