What are Hammer Ons and Pull Offs?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by kogo, Jun 4, 2001.


  1. kogo

    kogo

    May 26, 2001
    I'm self teaching myself the bass on my new De Armond Pilot Delux, but I've run into a block... what exactly are Hammer Ons and Pull offs?
     
  2. _steVeo_84

    _steVeo_84

    Nov 28, 2000
    They're pretty easy, but it can take a little practice to get them sound good. The tab should look something like this:
    G|------------|
    D|------------|
    A|----5h7----|
    E|------------|

    All you have to do is strike the fretted 5 on the A string with your right hand finger (or pick, whatever u choose), then place another finger (hammer) on the 7th fret, without striking. Hit 5, then push down on 7. The tone will change from 5 (D) to 7 (E)
    Pull-off's work in the opposite direction:
    G|------------|
    D|------------|
    A|----7p5----|
    E|------------|
    Strike the fretted 7 with another finger on the 5, then release the 7. The tone will change from 7 (E) to the 5 (D).

    I Hope that helped you out. It's a little hard to explain without actually showing you, but I think you should get it. Remember, don't strike the hammer-on/pull-off note!

    L8er :)
     
  3. kogo

    kogo

    May 26, 2001
    Thanks alot
     
  4. _steVeo_84

    _steVeo_84

    Nov 28, 2000
    No problem, glad I could help!