Slurred Notes

Slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs are common left hand techniques that create slurred notes -- the pitch of the string changes by the action of the left hand instead of striking the string with your right hand (or pick).


A slide raises or lowers the pitch of an original note that is played, depending on which direction your sliding finger is moving. In the 1st measure in this example, use your middle finger to do each of the slides.



The hammer-on always raises the pitch of the note that is being played. As with all slurred notes, only the first note in the pair (in this example it is the 3rd string open) is actually played with the right hand. Notes are usually played by fretting a note, and then playing a string. But with the hammer-on, the procedure is reversed. First you play the open string, then you hammer down on a fret to produce the second tone. You can also play a fretted string, and then hammer down on a higher fret of the same string with your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th finger.




The pull-off always lowers the pitch of the note that is played, so it is basically the opposite of a hammer-on. To produce the pull-off you must played a fretted string, then forcefully pull your left hand finger down off the string. This cause a second note to be played.