Pentatonic Picking Exercise – (Hammer-ons & Pull-offs) – Lesson 22

About Pentatonic Picking Exercise – (Hammer-ons & Pull-offs) – Lesson 22

Level: Beginner

Pentatonic Picking Exercise – (Hammer-ons & Pull-offs) – Lesson 22

In this lesson we show some simple Pentatonic picking exercises.

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Like Papa Gates says, play it as slow as you can play it perfectly!

Start taking these patterns you'll start learning and create licks out of them. Practice these licks to the backing tracks provided in the lesson content menu.

If you have any questions, ask them in the "Lesson Comments" section below where we can all help you!

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Jak Angelescu
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Jak Angelescu I have been playing guitar for a long time and I have always worked my legato technique and got "pretty good" with it. But it wasn't until I watched this video that I realized that when I slow down, I get a excess string noise with the pull-offs! I spent literally an HOUR last night on this simple scale alone feeling out what was going on to get it better and it has cleaned up my playing so much.
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. That's awesome. Jak! Yeah. The more we preach about slowing down, the more everyone kinds goes - yeah, whatever. I don't really believe in "secrets" to playing guitar. But if I was going to make a top 5 list as to why some players are great and some are not - this would go at the top of the list. It's the reason people practice marshal arts very slowly. You can cheat when you move fast. When you move slowly, you see every nuance and identify any unwanted movements or "blind spots". It's based on the Weber-Fechner rule of sensitivity. Fascinating stuff! So glad you are taking it to heart. It will make you a much better player.
Jen Hapke
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Jen Hapke I found it very helpful to mark the notes/tabs, because if you do so it repeats the part over and over again. Then I increase the speed. This is so awesome 🙂
Peter Mrozik
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Peter Mrozik I first started playing guitar 11 years ago. I can't say I've been playing for 11 years because there have been literally years that I didn't play at all... I just never got hammer-ons and pull-offs right... It's always a struggle especially when it comes to hammer-ons with the pinky... I think it's time to do what Papa Gates says and just practice it very very slowly until it's no longer a struggle... maybe one day I can finally play these right.
Keith Graves
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Keith Graves Slow definitely helps. The more you practice it slowly and hit the clean hammer-ons and pull offs, you'll build the muscle memory in your fingers (especially the pinky). My biggest obstacle with these was getting a clean hammer-on note to ring out. So, I slowed myself down until I got that clean note I wanted and slowly increased the speed like Papa Gates mentions
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