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Watch the Hammer Ons & Pull Offs online guitar lesson by TrueFire from The Indispensable Toolbox for Guitarists

Hammer Ons & Pull Offs - Concept 28 is a video guitar lesson presented by Jeff McErlain and is sourced from Blues Guitar Survival Guide - Lead.

The classical name for hammer on's and pull offs is slurs. I think we often take these for granted but like everything if we take a closer look we can get more mileage out of them. A very obvious use is to play faster, picking every note of a line can sound cool but it is often impractical or we just don't have enough technique. Believe me, even the fastest pickers use slurs. They also smooth out a line to make it more legato. To practice these I recommend running through the pentatonic scales slurring as many notes as you can always with a metronome.