16th note pull offs and hammer ons on the major scale
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
Check out the scale diagram. This is what you'll be playing the next four licks.
Here's the first short lick, which'll be used to descend down the scale.
The next lick is pretty much the opposite of the previous one - you start on the second string and continue to the first. You'll be using this lick later to ascend up the scale.
If we take the first lick and apply it to the whole scale this is what we get:
And the final lick constructed in the same way as the previous one, but from the second lick instead of the first.