Hammer-On Lick (Guitar Lesson)


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Brad Henecke

Hammer-On Lick

Brad Henecke demonstrates a speed building lick that makes heavy use of hammer-ons.

Taught by Brad Henecke in Speed and Technique seriesLength: 0:00Difficulty: 0.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (07:11) Hammer-on Lick This lick is designed as a speed builder. More importantly however, it also trains you to shift positions in a horizontal fashion. Many guitarists limit themselves to playing in vertical patterns in one or two connected positions. However, it is equally important if not more important to learn the guitar from a horizontal perspective as well.

The Horizontal Approach to Playing Guitar

Jazz guitarist and instructor Mick Goodrick advocates learning the guitar from a horizontal standpoint before learning vertical position patterns. In his book The Advancing Guitarist, Mick provides the following arguments to support this claim:

1. The simplest way to see notes is in a straight line. A single string is a straight line.

2. On a single string, there is a direct relationship between interval distance and movement in space.

3. Playing on a single string helps to eliminate two potential problems: "paralysis (fear of movement) and "acrophobia" (fear of higher frets), since the entire length of the fretboard is used from the very beginning.

4. This approach is conducive to learning note locations because you can't rely on a fingering pattern (as in position playing).

The Lick

A. The Tonality

The key signature assigned to this lick is C major. However, this lick will work equally well over an A minor chord. This lick produces distinctly different colors when played over a minor tonality.

B. The Rhythm

There are three notes per string throughout this entire lick. This feature suits the lick perfectly, since the lick consists of a steady triplet rhythm. Playing this lick quickly requires that you know all of your C major scale positions. It will be too difficult for your brain to process if you don't memorize the appropriate scale patterns first. Practice and review the C major patterns taught in the previous lesson before you start to practice the lick.

C. Position Shifts

Make a note of where all position shifts occur. There are 8 total in the lick. The entire lick spans an octave from one position up to the same position 12 frets higher on the fretboard. That's a lot of shifting!

Also make a note of where all finger stretches occur. Remember to stretch with the fingers, not with the hands. Brad plays frets 8, 10, and 12 with fingers 1, 3, and 4 respectively. You might want to try fingers 1, 2, and 4 instead for this same stretch. Many guitarists find this fingering slightly more comfortable and conducive to playing quickly.

The portion of the lick in 15th position is especially difficult. This is due to the left hand fingering adjustments made from string to string.

Works Cited


Goodrick, Mick. The Advancing Guitarist.Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Hal Leonard Corporation.

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Technique is extremely important to playing in any style of music. Perfect technique combined with blazing speed can take your playing to a whole new level.



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Series Introduction

Brad introduces his Speed and Technique series.

Length: 1:15 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
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Hammer-on / Pull-off

This lesson is all about improving speed by applying hammer-ons and pull-offs. Learn some exercises that sound great and boost speed.

Length: 11:27 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Hammer-On Lick

Brad Henecke demonstrates a speed building lick that makes heavy use of hammer-ons.

Length: 0:00 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only

About Brad Henecke View Full Biography Brad Henecke was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on May 5th of 1963. He has been a fan of music for as long as he & his family can remember. You could always find him running around the farm wailing on his cardboard guitar, pretending to be a member of the rock band KISS. Additional inspiration came during his first concert when he got the chance to see Boston & Sammy Hagar in the early 1970's.

This opened up a whole new world of rock and roll music for him; his parents noticed his growing interest in music and enrolled him into guitar lessons when he was 13.

From there he jumped into two years of lessons at a local music store in Cedar Rapids. After discovering Eddie Van Halen, Brad knew that the guitar would always be a part of his life. He took his love throughout the city as he played as a pit musician & jammed at parties for friends.

This made him thirsty for more. He enrolled classes at Kirkwood Community College & also took lessons from the one & only Craig-Erickson (www.craig-erickson.com).

His love for music landed him a gig opening for Molly Hatchet in Cedar Rapids with a band called "Slap & Tickle". He has also played in the Greeley Stampede show for quite a few years with "True North".

Brad is currently playing in Greeley, Colorado with a rock band titled "Ragged Doll". They play a wide variety of music with an emphasis on classic rock from the 60's to present, with Brad playing electric guitar in the five piece lineup.

He currently jams on his all-time favorite guitar: a Paul Reed Smith Custom 24. Beyond guitar, he plays also plays drums & bass guitar. He has also been known to thrash a banjo from time to time. He is still actively playing & passing his 31 years of playing experience on to others (you!).

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