Hammer Ons – Slurs

This lesson focuses on the fret hand technique of hammer-ons. It is basically the technique of playing notes on the guitar with the fret hand only.

The sound created by performing this technique accurately is very smooth and legato and helps create a completely different sound than the percussive sound of picking each note.

Make sure you watch the hand and finger positions closely in the video, and keep your fret hand fingers arched and relaxed.

Try to keep your fret hand wrist as straight as you can while keeping it relaxed. You don't want any tension to develop when practicing this exercise.

Here is the PDF download for this lesson.

Beginner Hammer-On Exercise PDF

Next we will work on the completely opposite technique of pull-offs. See You Then!!

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Hammer Ons - Slurs


  1. Darien on May 23, 2010 at 12:40 am

    thanks for all of your tutorial…but can you please arrange your lessons by the date you post it….i am having trouble with it…..thanks again!!!:)

  2. diana verhaegen on January 21, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Thanks Carl,..i whas doing this so wrong,with a lot of tension!!!

  3. Ben on May 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    In some ways didactics are a kind of art. Their tools are love to the subject and patience. I think that you really can work with both of them… thanks from germany!

  4. monomit on December 31, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    your site is oswam gyes….

  5. Basel Khalil on July 19, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Hey Carl
    The slur symbol in notation music ,and in classical guitar …it is not hammer ?Right

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