Mix It Up
Today we are going to take a look at combining the use of fingerpicking and hammer-on’s to provide a new perspective on playing and push you out of some old habits.
We are going to experiment with playing a simple riff in multiple ways to see how different combinations of techniques can affect the sound.
Familiarise yourself with the riff here:
Let’s start with the first four notes:
We could fingerpick each note individually, or we can use hammer-ons. Try each technique now and listen to the differnce it makes to the sound.
Picking each note makes the line more articulate and adds attack. When we hammer on, it is a lot smoother. Generally, we want a mix of these techniques to give our playing some feel and conviction.
There are a few different ways to articulate the run at the beginning of this riff – try picking the first note and hammering on the rest, or vice versa. Try as many variations as you can find and listen closely to the sound.
At the end of the day, it is all about getting the feel that we want and there are often more ways to play something than the one we habitually gravitate towards.