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Let's play some licks that feature hammer-on's and pull-off's so we can become familiar with how they sound.
Example Three
In this lick we are moving up the neck to the fifth fret. The count is 1& 2& 3 4&, 1& 2& 3 4&.
Example Four
Here we are playing hammer-on's and ending the second measure with a quarter note run. This is good practice to make sure that the hammer-on action isn't throwing your rhythm off.
The count is 1& 2 3& 4&, 1& 2 3 4.
Example Five
In this example we are playing out of a G suspended chord. This is the kind of lick that is usually associated with what some people call "mountain modal" music.
The count is 1& 2& 3& 4&, 1 2 3 4&.






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