Hammer-ons are a type of embellishment that give you two notes with a single pick stroke. A very useful and commonly used element in Bluegrass rhythm and lead playing, this lesson will get you started with the basics.
- We're gonna jump now right into what I feel are…key elements of what really defines flat picking…as a style onto itself,…and certainly defines the way I play,…and things that I think are important,…and key things that I work on all the time…and continue to try to improve.…We've talked about different picking patterns,…and we've talked about…different ways to think about the pick, and the rest stroke,…and all that kinda stuff.…This is gonna move into more left-hand techniques,…if you will.…
When you hear a lot of flat pickers,…and you hear the rapid fire of notes, the cascade of notes,…there's a lot of fast picking going on that defines,…but as, the left hand is working as equally…as much as the right hand,…especially in my approach to the style.…The first thing we'll work on is what's called hammer-ons.…The reason it's called a hammer-on…is that you're literally, you're not playing a note,…you're playing a note,…and then the note after that subsequent note is…hammered on with a left hand.…
To give a quick example,…
Watch at your own pace; start and stop where and when you need. Everything that Bryan breaks down he puts back together in chapters 4 and 5, where he shows how to apply what you've learned to a selection of popular bluegrass tunes that are important for the repertoire of any bluegrass guitarist.
Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Chord theory
- The major and pentatonic scales
- Walking bass technique
- Reading tablature
- Beginning hammer-ons and pull-offs
- Beginning slide guitar
- Using a capo
- Playing traditional bluegrass tunes
Skill Level Beginner
1. Scales and Chord Theory
2. Walking Bass and Reading Tablature
3. Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs, and Slides
4. Basic Bluegrass Tunes 1
5. Basic Bluegrass Tunes 2
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