16th note pull offs and hammer ons on the major scale

Aim of the exercise: Practice hammer-ons and pull offs on cool major scale licks.
Exercise type: Legato
Starting tempo: 60 beats per minute
Duration: 10 minutes

The triplet trap

In this exercise you'll be performing pull-offs and hammer-ons on the major scale in 16th notes. The licks you'll be playing have a kind of triplet feel to it (because it's three notes per string) so be careful to still play regular 16th notes.

A hammer-on is a way you play a certain note on a guitar. You perform a hammer-on by sharply bringing down a fretting finger on a string so that a note sounds without picking it with your picking hand.

The opposite of a hammer-on is a pull-off. You are fretting two notes on the same string and then strike the string. After the sound is made you pull the string with the finger that frets the higher note and lift it off the fretboard. The lower note on the same string and fretted by a different finger will sound afterwards!


C - Ionian D - dorian E - Phrygian F - Lydian G - mixolydian A - Aeolian B - Locrian

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