"There is nothing you will not know about doing hammers and pulls after you read this book"............Jamie
Hammer-ons & Pull-offs
Hammer-ons and Pull-offs are vital techniques for guitar, used in every style of music. The student typically encounters hammers and pulls for the first time either in pieces and songs themselves, or in collections of exercises containing a large number of possible finger combinations that may be used. What the student does not get, but needs, is detailed and microscopic directions as to how the fingers must actually behave when performing these strenuous actions on the guitar.
Without these detailed directions, students run into trouble with hammers and pulls, especially at fast, demanding speeds, where deficiencies in the technical execution will prevent the precise control needed. The inevitable result of this will show itself in two areas: physically, in excessive and harmful muscle tension, and musically, in distorted rhythm of the notes.
It is the aim of the present work to fill that gap, and provide the necessary technical understanding, so that these vital techniques can be learned properly, from the beginning stages, all the way to virtuoso levels. After working with the exercises contained here, the student will be ready to (and is encouraged to) begin study of the numerous collections of exercises employing the many finger combinations possible.
All the existing materials I have seen, although good as far as they go, do not go far enough in preparing you with the understandings of the mechanics of hammers and pulls necessary to insure a trouble free development.
This is primarily due to the fact that they are assuming far too much, and not taking into account that, as in all other matters of technique, the developmental process must be a holistic one. It must train inactive fingers at the same time as active fingers, otherwise, the inactive fingers will be training themselves, badly, being at the mercy of “Sympathetic Tension” and “Muscle Memory”.
In the performance of hammers and pulls, there is a tremendous amount of Sympathetic Tension generated in the inactive fingers, and we must have a way of minimizing that tension right from the beginning of practice. You will find that way in this book. Then, by using the numerous practice techniques contained in The Principles, you will be able to systematically work the speed of these techniques up as far as you need to for the music you play.
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