An exercise that focuses on a new way to do hammer ons in the form of a triplet. This exercise will help you move through the C scale smoothly and build speed by utilizing hammer ons in the pattern.
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- We're gonna jump in now with a few exercises that, that I feel I've sorta designed to help build some of the things we've. The basic level, some of the flat picking techniques and embellishments. Two of the more popular, embellishments for this style of guitar, hammer-ons and pull-offs. You see them through all different styles of guitar. But, when it comes to making acoustic music. Gettin the most out of an acoustic guitar. And the most consistent tone. Hammer-ons and pull-offs can be your friend.
And so, here's an exercise, 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 picked notes. And the pulled notes need to be as loud as the picked notes. And a quick demonstration of that, here I'm playing open string B. Hammering on into the third fret D. (guitar playing) I try to be very accurate with the hammer.
And actually, hammering in to the, using the fret as kind of a. (guitar strumming) A target. And the same thing with a pull off. (guitar playing) We talked about a rest stroke with a pull off. Actually pulling into the string creates a little more of a snap. (guitar playing) And so, putting all this into an exercise. Just something to practice. We're sort of building, building strength as a calisthenics here. So, I'll just run through the exercises slowly.
Starting from the first bar, looking at the same tab you are here. And we start with an open E string. (guitar playing) And one more time. (guitar playing) The goal for these kind of exercises.
We've talked about a rhythmic picking hand and as simple as the music sounds in this it's a good little exercise to start building awareness of how these things should feel. When you use hammer-ons and pull-offs they can enhance your playing. Not just in an embellishment and fancy kind of way. But actual, it builds efficiency. It builds a sense of, getting around the guitar for a solid tone production. We talked about the hammers and pulls. You really want a consistent volume.
Really, all the right hand is doing is this. With your pick. Right. Just into the string. It's just four quarter notes per bar. And the left hand is doing the rest of the work. Or the fretting hand. So on the first bar here. (guitar playing) Right. (guitar playing) That's two hits on the first string. Two hits on the second string. (guitar playing) So, that's part of the, if you will, the trick behind that kind of thing.
And the way I use it and the way this kind of stuff manifests itself later is if you add tempo. (guitar playing with tempo) I'm doubling the speed at which I'm able to play. Just by having a strong left hand. (mumbled talking) I'll show you a couple different ways to practice this kind of thing. And first we'll start a metronome at 60 beats per minute. 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. (guitar playing rhythm) Here we go. I found it. We'll do it very slow. (guitar playing) And repeat. (guitar playing) Alright.
And some of the challenges within that. 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, we start young. Your muscles kind of grow into the guitar. And we can do things that are pretty fast and efficient looking. 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 notice that when I played with the metronome right there I got ahead of it just a little bit at the end of bar two.
With this move here. (guitar playing) (mumbled talking) It's still, just four quarter notes to the bar but, there's a string change issue right there. (guitar playing) And we talked about the, sort of, basic kind of rest stroke approach, of starting above the guitar. And into the guitar. That kind of comes to play in here with string changing. We've got an open E.
And right back to the second string. So that's a little. (guitar playing) It's a little bit sort of counter intuitive. Maybe a little bit weird feeling right there. One of the things we're going to do here. As we move on. You guys can submit some videos. We can discover things like that. Within an exercise or a tune. And we can look at how we can look at how to make those transitions like that smoother. The bigger picture is improved at that point. And so, those are a lot of basic things. I'll show you this exercise now at 80 beats per minute.
To give you a sense of where it can go. (metronome ticking) So once again we start out with some rhythm. (guitar playing) Once I feel locked down, I'll jump in. (guitar playing) Alright. 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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- Intermediate bluegrass guitar techniques
- Intermediate fretting
- Hammer-ons and pull-offs in G, C, and D
- Intermediate rhythm exercises
- Playing intermediate bluegrass tunes
- Opening up the fretboard with expanded scales and chord exercises