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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Ashley King
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Ashley King I’m so use to the classical sitting position...my right arm hurts after only 2 minutes of playing in standard...is the standard sitting position vital to my speed development? When I play an acoustic I sit standardly...it’s comfortable. But when I’m trying to do these exercises, the classical position feels more comfortable. Or maybe I’ve got it all wrong 😂😩 or maybe it’s my guitar...or maybe it’s my chair! 🤯
Ashley King
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Ashley King is Picking in the arm or the wrist?
Kross Alex
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Kross Alex Is there any unknown secret for a pull-off?Because if i pull too little,the sound made is very dim,if i pull too much,i hit other strings and it makes a lot of noise, your technique on lower strings seems so smooth i don't even know how to begin...
Ids Schiere
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Ids Schiere In general what you want to try and do with pull offs legato tapping and all that stuff where you dont really pick is trying to press the string perpendicular to the fretboard in this way you will have less unwanted string noise. There are also other ways to cancel the noise but i think this is the easiest one for now.
Marwan Nour
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Marwan Nour I am a beginner and I don't know if this will work for you but I try to avoid hitting other strings by trying to do the pull-offs slowly first and using my thumb on the back to stabilize the fingers hitting the notes. Hope this helps. If anyone has any other suggestions please let us know.
Jackson Harsin
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Jackson Harsin For everyone who may be a new player here, take the advice of playing slow and using a metronome to heart, I promise it may feel like a drag but you will improve exponentially. I've been playing guitar for about 7 1/2 years now and for my first five years I practiced without a metronome and I was decent enough, but as soon as I finally took that advice I have been able to really hammer down and perfect my technique and I have improved twice as fast in the last 2 years as opposed to my first 5.
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.
Anthony Peña
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Anthony Peña Hello sir. I'm having a lot of trouble with the pull-offs, the only strings that come out clean are both of the E strings... I've seen people use a technique where they mute the bottom strings with their palm right before the bridge, and slowly roll it off as they play each next string. Is this a good technique to use? Or is there something else you would recommend? I want to do it as fluently and professionally as you guys. Thank you.
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
Christopher Di Carlo
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Christopher Di Carlo I have been playing guitar for close to 10 years now and I am so glad I decided to go through the beginner lessons.. I have never even thought of picking up/down for the scales. Definitely something to get used to!
Nadav Saban
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Nadav Saban where can I find the backing tracks?
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Bottom right. Click on the word "video"