Lesson #022, Hammer-Ons

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Lesson #022, Hammer-Ons



Hi Everybody,

The hammer-on is another left hand technique which involves hammering a finger of your left hand onto the fingerboard behind any of the frets. If you think of your finger as being a hammer, then using that hammer to come down on the finger board that may help. This technique gives us another form of effect with which to work with. Again practice all of the left hand techniques because you will put them to great use in the three finger style.

David

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