What are Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs, and other Slurs on the Guitar?
Mar 04, 2021
One more quick note about hammer-ons: the finger holding down the first note in the two note sequence should remain down until the hammering finger has firmly landed on the new note. Many beginners trying this for the first time will lift that finger too soon.
This has two consequences:
(1) The hammering finger loses leverage to do a strong strike on the string. Thus, it is unable to "hammer."
(2) This also causes the initial note to end too soon. Thus, the phrase loses its legato.
Many people find timing slurs like this to be quite difficult! Don't give up. If you've never worked on rhythm like this before, there's no way that you'll be able to play with the metronome immediately. With careful regular practice, your sense of rhythm will develop and you will be able to play even slurs.
Commit to playing with the metronome everyday for 6 months. If you can show up everyday and do 15 to 30 minutes of practice with a metronome your rhythm will improve dramatically! And this will improve literally everything else that you play.
If you don't have rhythm, you don't have anything.