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Banjo Lessons: Beginning Hammer-Ons Part 1

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[MUSIC]
Another
very important aspect of playing a
stringed instrument,
particularly the banjo or the guitar, is
the hammer-on.
And the hammer-on occurs when you hit one
note.
[SOUND] And then without hitting it again,
[SOUND] Bring down a finger from your
left hand [SOUND]
To get another note, so
in this case you're hitting the fourth
string with your thumb.
[SOUND] Move your hand away well, you
don't have to move your hand away, but
just as a demonstration purpose.
Then come down [SOUND] Relatively, with a
relative amount of power.
[SOUND] In fact you don't even need to hit
the the string with the right hand
to get a sound.
[SOUND] Just come down, in this case with
the middle finger of your left hand.
[MUSIC]
Like that.
[SOUND] That's called a hammer on,
you're hammering onto that fourth string
at the second fret in this case.
[SOUND] Than you can do the same thing
with the third string, zero to two.
[SOUND]
And
the second string
[MUSIC]
Just to have it be a little bit sonorous,
let's hammer-on zero to one on the second
string.
[MUSIC]
And then the first string,
use the ring finger
[MUSIC]
zero to two like that.
[SOUND] So, let's put this together and
you have.
[MUSIC]
So the hammer, on creates two eighth
notes.
[MUSIC]
And
then we do quarter notes with the thumb.
[MUSIC]
Fifth, third, fifth, hammer, two-eighths.
[MUSIC]
And now let's just do,
we wanna come up with this lick, this is a
very important lick in bluegrass.
[MUSIC]
It's an alternating thumb lick
with a hammer on, instead of just going
fourth, second, fifth, first.
[MUSIC]
You're gonna hammer-on,
on that fourth string.
[MUSIC]
So let's start
with just the hammer-on, zero to two going
with the middle finger on the left hand.
[MUSIC]
Now as
your hammer on hit the second string
[MUSIC]
Now let's finish off by adding the fifth
and first strings, so we have the full
alternating thumb,
roll with the hammer on.
[MUSIC]
So
here's a little exercise using this
alternating thumb hammer-on.
[MUSIC]
So I was integrating the two,
zero to two hammer, excuse me, zero to two
hammer-on on the fourth string, with
an alternating thumb roll and then I did
the same with the third string hammer-on.
[MUSIC]
Another alternating thumb roll with
the zero to two hammer on
[MUSIC]