How To Play a Hammer:
Important: The numbers on the tab diagrams below represent the fret, not your fingers! You can play a hammer with any finger, but your first and second fingers are easiest ones to use.
Step By Step Instructions:
- Begin by striking the first string (open E)
- While the sound is still ringing, use the first finger of your fretting hand to hammer-on the note at the first fret.
Hint: Only strike the string once with your pick. The second note is created when the finger of your left hand (fretting hand) comes down hard on the string. You’ll need to use a little force. Think of the action as being similar to how you might use a hammer to pound a nail…
- Move to the second string and repeat the process:
- Continue playing the hammer on each string:
- Now try playing this technique starting with your first finger on the first fret. Hammer-on with your second finger:
- You can practice playing the hammer on each fret while moving up the neck like this:
- A hammer-on can also be used to embelish a chord. Here’s how:
- While holding a D Major chord, take your second finger off the first string.
- Strum the chord and while the sound is still ringing, hammer back down on the first string with your second finger.