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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Introduction to Basic Hammer-Ons

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[MUSIC]
Okay, now that we've gone
through some basic pentatonic shapes,
major chords, some minor chords,
some picking patterns, major scales.
A good bit of fundamentals that we're
knocking out here in the beginning
section.
And I hope everybody is playing along,
having some fun.
I know we're going to be doing
a lot of video interaction and
there'll be questions.
And I'll help you with a bunch of
different stuff as this all moves forward.
So right now, I wanna get into some
stuff that's gonna be pretty fun.
And this is also gonna be great for
embellishing your playing.
And we're really establishing
a lot of great fundamentals and
a lot great foundations, framework.
We're building a style and
building a vocabulary of different
things that we're gonna use our
whole lives in playing the guitar.
And if you can just bear with the getting
over the hump of the beginning
sections of this stuff,
we're gonna get into some really fun,
awesome playing and
really be able to cut loose on some stuff.
So just hang in there while we knock
out a few of these fundamentals.
Right now we're gonna get into something
that's gonna be a little more fun,
these next couple lessons.
We're gonna get into hammer-ons,
some pull-offs,
some slides, and get into
the introducing some string-bending.
So right now I'd like to talk
a little bit about basic hammer-ons,
and what this does and
how this can embellish your playing.
So far up to this point we've done a few
exercises that are strictly single notes.
We've done some down, up,
down techniques, picking-wise.
And I think we're to the point now
where we can start introducing some of
these embellishments and
stuff that you can kinda start working on.
So with that being said, I'm gonna jump
right in here and we're gonna work off of
the G pentatonic shape that we
just left the last lesson with.
So we're gonna talk about
hammer-ons here for a minute.
And a hammer-on is a way to strike
the string with your left hand to
where you're getting an extra
note from your picked note.
So when I pick the string,
[SOUND] I can hit this string one time and
get I think what'll be two notes.
So let's just do this.
I'll give you an example.
Here's hitting the open G string.
[SOUND] And I'm gonna hammer-on.
I'm gonna hit the note.
[SOUND] And I'm gonna hammer-on and
actually, I'll have one extra note.
And I'll show you how to get
two when we do pull offs.
So right now, this is a hammer-on.
[MUSIC]
And then I'll do it on the B string.
[MUSIC]
The E string.
[MUSIC]
So I'm hammering on,
which means I'm striking the note.
[MUSIC]
And then I'm hammering-on with
my left hand to fret
the note without picking it.
[MUSIC]
And that'll ring as long as you want.
You don't have to hammer-on hard.
[MUSIC]
Just hard enough to where you
hit the string, but
you want it to keep ringing.
You want it to speak, so.
[MUSIC]
And there's two
ways you can do it.
Actually, there's a few
different ways you can do it.
This is getting into some
territory where there's
a lot of different accents and
things you can do.
Like that one that I
just did was very long.
It was a long, slow
[MUSIC]
I'm letting that ring.
I'm using a little bit of vibrato,
and I'll get into that later, too.
But hammering on is just pretty simple.
But you have to really
pull the tone out of it.
You don't wanna be jerky or
anything like that.
It's a smooth, relaxed motion and
you wanna pull the tone out of the note.
And you can do that, and
it's getting the note to speak.
So with that being said, I'm just gonna
keep doing this over and over again and
show you what the left hand is doing,
and the right hand.
So basically,
I'm striking this note one time.
[SOUND] And
then I'm bringing my left hand up.
[MUSIC]
And
I'm just pressing down
with my middle finger.
[MUSIC]
And
I'll do it with my ring finger on this
third fret on the B string, the D note.
[MUSIC]
So
the one that
I did was
very long.
[MUSIC]
You could do some that are faster.
[MUSIC]
So that's
working out of the G
pentatonic shapes.
[MUSIC]
So what I want you to do is just do this
with me a couple times
to see if you can do it.
And this will be fun once
you get this rolling.
And just make sure that your left
hand stays really relaxed and
you're pulling the tone.
The more you pull out of there,
the better it's gonna sound.
And it's just a slow, easy motion,
it's not a jerky thing.
And you're just hammering right
down onto the fret board.
[MUSIC]
So with that being said,
let's try to do just this little exercise
where we'll just do just what I did.
We're gonna hit the G string.
[MUSIC]
And we're gonna hammer-on.
And we'll do it a couple of times.
So let's play it together.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Three, four.
[MUSIC]
Three, four.
[MUSIC]
Three, four.
[MUSIC]
Three, four.
[MUSIC]
And that's basic hammer-on.
And there's a lot of embellishing and
advanced stuff that we'll
get into with those too.
But that's the basic concept
to get your hand working.
Here's a little exercise too, that we
can do with hammer-ons that'll be fun.
Since we just did the G
pentatonic shape and
I did a few little hammer-on exercises
there, short ones a minute ago.
We'll do one that'll go from
low to high and high to low.
And we'll do the pentatonic shape and
we'll hammer-on the whole time,
to get your left hand going.
So we're going to do this shape.
[MUSIC]
And the first time I want you to
hammer-on with your middle finger.
So we're gonna do
[MUSIC].
So I'm gonna slow that down and
we can play that together.
And that'll go like this.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
And then I want
you to do it again,
using just your first finger.
So we'll do it like this.
[MUSIC]
Now I want you
to do it using just
your ring finger.
[MUSIC]
Now just use
your pinky.
[MUSIC]
It's hard to do your pinky and
that's a great exercise.
And that's not easy because
you're not used to doing that.
But that's a great exercise.
And if you can do that to where
each note is really super clear,
then you're ready to move on.
And just remember, stay relaxed and
nothing needs to be hard,
nothing needs to be stressful or
tense or anything like that.
The key to this whole thing is just relax.
This is an extension of
your body at this point.
Your right hand, your left hand.
Just recapping on
the beginning of this lesson.
Just make sure it's fun and
it stays light.
And practice for
as long as you can on this stuff.
And when it's time to move on,
if you wanna go work
in the garden for 30 minutes and come back
and do another 20 minutes or something,
don't feel like you have to sit down and
practice for six or eight hours straight.
Keep it fun.
If it gets to where it's getting a little
difficult, don't be afraid to put
the guitar down and go do something else,
and then come back to it.
If you're on a roll and you feel like
you're making a lot of progress,
you're gonna wanna keep doing it.
But it's meant to be fun and
not discouraging.
So the more you practice these techniques
from beginning to middle to end of
this beginning curriculum,
you're gonna get better,
you're gonna notice forward movement.
You're gonna notice that
you're getting better.
And you're gonna get excited about it and
wanna keep going.
So just keep it up, and we got a couple
more sections here of the beginning
curriculum and then we'll be ready
to move on to the intermediate.
So hang in there.
[MUSIC]