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Now it's time to sprinkle some legato playing into the proceedings. Starting with hammer ons, Dan shows us how to use "weight" not "strength" to achieve this technique.
Taught by Dan Sugarman in Sugarman's Shredding Revolution seriesLength: 6:56Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Finger IQ: Hammer Ons
Just to drive our new knowledge home and really solidify it in the mechanic foundations of your fretting hand, I’m going to drop in a little bit of legato work in here right now to help our finger IQ find a new usage, which in turn will more then likely spark a fire under you to keep going! The more relaxed and in control your fretting hand is, the better the soil is for us to grow our 2 hand sync.
In the last lesson, we got acquainted with a strategic way of approaching a string change… by falling into position with the least amount of effort possible. Adding to our Finger IQ, I want to include a base level legato practice for you to quite literally hammer it out, work on pull offs, combining them together for a true legato line that plays a little bit more around the neck, and will get more and more musical as we progress since I am also using this opportunity to introduce 3 of the most common shapes used in guitar
First, let’s start out with hammer ons to get you used to the sensation of the “rolling ball” as you engage and disengage simultaneously by recycling the 50% of energy from one finger to another by simply rolling it to the next finger. You should definitely be feeling this on the back of your hand, as that’s where the “weight” of your hammer on comes from. Again… WEIGHT, not strength. Sadly, these little things aren’t finger biceps, and we need to be sure we’re utilizing our body the way it was designed to be used.
1. Hammer Ons
First, we’ll begin with hammer ons - which is a series of left hand leading notes that are literally hammered down… Consider this though, instead of using finger strength, I want you to use finger WEIGHT. from the back of your hand, with the “ball rolling” idea to help you recycle your energy from finger to finger so it gets its full 50% of the equation… the percentage is weight, not strength, remember! Keep the movement small and tight, controlled and relaxed. Keeping in mind your 3 states of guitar playing… zero point, rest position, and playing position.
For instance, in the set up for this exercise - the pinky and 2nd finger is in on deck for playing position, while our first finger which is in playing position - playing position is comprised of all the things we discussed earlier from the Master Keys Fretting Hand Laws, review those lesson notes if you need to! As I put finger 2 into playing position, finger 1 goes to rest position, while the pinky is still in zero point. When finger 4 goes down, the two fingers behind it are in rest position. The fingers change through these 3 states - and this way of thinking about it, I find to be extremely helpful.
The first step to getting this is taking it in small chunks. Lets take a look at the first shape on frets 5 7 & 9, lets first practice just the first hammer from finger 1 to finger 2, recycling and exchanging the energy from finger to finger while finger 4 is in zero point… and then hammer finger 2 to finger 4 with finger one in the proper rest position. We’ll do this with each new shape as we stream them together to create longer lines to practice. Lets start with frets 5, 7, and 9 on the high e string with fingers 1, 2 and 4 I call this shape, shape 1, since it is the first “shape” of our major scale. We will take this on a single string slowly 4 times, and I’ll talk a little bit about the mechanics. Then we’ll do the same thing with shape 2, on frets 5/6/8, and shape 3 on frets 5/7/8
After we get a hang of each shape a single string, we will descending and ascend in each shape in a new position, connecting to the previous positions highest note on each shape, and then we will hammer through the D Major Ionian scale using my shape system.
There is indeed a little bit of picking hand awareness that needs to happen here, so we are slowly introducing the picking hand into our equation. Every so often during my pattern, I have to strike the note again, make sure you are striking the note exactly when the note needs to be played, and make sure your finger is in perfect playing position to make it happen together!
At this point, the idea of a 3 note per string legato hammer on should make sense to your hands… if not, repeat the lesson and see if time doesn’t help you before moving forward onto some true legato lines.
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Dan Sugarman is a 26 year old guitarist, producer, teacher and songwriter hailing from the South Bay of Los Angeles, CA. His tenacity and dedication to the art of music and guitar led him to the lead guitar position in the internationally touring band, As Blood Runs Black. Now as a solo artist, Dan continues to work on his original music being released through Patreon, and is currently producing and engineering other bands & artists at Sugartone Studios, and composing for film & television. He also maintains an ever-growing student body as a private guitar teacher, mentor, and educator in the crafts of songwriting, creativity, and modern day recording techniques.
Dan is currently working on his "living album", Inside Out - Part I, available on patreon.com and completing an album for his new group A Mind Made Me, featuring singer//actor Sarah J Bartholomew.
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