Watch the Using Hammer-ons online guitar lesson by Stu Hamm from Stu Hamm U: Tap Bass

I believe that the first time I was really exposed to the concept of getting the strings to sound by tapping down on them (rather then plucking them with one hand and fretting the string with the other) was using hammer-ons.

Hammer-ons are a tried and true part of a lot of metal music and the music that shaped me into the player that I am, so let's look at some different ways to utilize this technique.

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