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Banjo Lessons: Beginning Hammer-Ons Part 1

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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
[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.
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.
the second string
Just to have it be a little bit sonorous,
let's hammer-on zero to one on the second
And then the first string,
use the ring finger
zero to two like that.
[SOUND] So, let's put this together and
you have.
So the hammer, on creates two eighth
then we do quarter notes with the thumb.
Fifth, third, fifth, hammer, two-eighths.
And now let's just do,
we wanna come up with this lick, this is a
very important lick in bluegrass.
It's an alternating thumb lick
with a hammer on, instead of just going
fourth, second, fifth, first.
You're gonna hammer-on,
on that fourth string.
So let's start
with just the hammer-on, zero to two going
with the middle finger on the left hand.
Now as
your hammer on hit the second string
Now let's finish off by adding the fifth
and first strings, so we have the full
alternating thumb,
roll with the hammer on.
here's a little exercise using this
alternating thumb hammer-on.
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.
Another alternating thumb roll with
the zero to two hammer on