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Guitar Slides, Hammer-ons, Pull Offs, Triplets Lesson #8

Updated on April 12, 2016

Guitar Triplets, Slides, and Hammer ons

I love to play guitar Triplets they are the best way to bring an interesting and pleasant surprise to your music. We will start out by playing the guitar Triplets on line one of the lesson. Lets take a look at the first one, we see that a Triplet is a group of three notes that get one count. They will have the same value as one quarter note. The number 3 is usually written at the top of the Triplet. What do the : mean at end of measure 2? The whole line needs to be repeated.

The second line is half note E being held down while playing the triplet Em chord. The E is a half note and needs to be held down for 2 counts while playing the Triplet Em chord. The second measure has a beautiful slide. The slide is played by placing your 1st finger on the C note and 2nd on the E note, now slide to the D and F# and slide back to the C and E. It is easy when you get use to using it.

The third line introduces Hammers to bring a new technic to your playing. This starts with double notes D and B played together. the second two double notes are played together, the C and E are hammer on with the 1 and 2 finger these are not picked. On Hammers the second note is always higher.

Guitar Triplets, Slides, and Hammer ons

Line one is Triplets.
Line one is Triplets. | Source


Hammers and Pulls and slides add variety to the music.
Hammers and Pulls and slides add variety to the music. | Source

Hammers and Pull Offs

The fourth line is Hammers and Pull Offs. On a Pull the second note is lower in pitch. Second measure 4th line E is lower than F#, B is lower than C, and A is lower than B. Remember Hammers always raise the pitch.

Line 5 is part of a song with practice in using Hammers Pulls and Slides.Remember Stevie Ray Vaughn? He used a lot of Slides and Hammers in his music. He was a great guitarist. Another good example of a great guitarist who use all these Technics is Steve Kaufman. You can check his Smokey Mountain Christmas book and see how slides add to his music. I also like flat picking the Gospels by Steve Kaufman. This book gives fine examples of these new techniques.

Playing Hammers and Pull Offs

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Playing Hammers, Slides, Pulls and Triplets

I will review these techniques in lesson # 9 along with our start on minor scales.

Line 6 is double notes and a chord that Slides from the 5 to the 7 fret. Line 7 is a very simple slide from A to B on the 4th fret 3rd string. Then play the second Slide in measure 2 the B to A. Line 8 is more Triplets, the only concern is the f natural and Bb in the first measure,


Look in the key signature at the beginning for sharps or flats.

Count each measure,

Practice this until the music flows, no breaks

Study this over and over to you have it down. We will review it again in lesson 9 and introduce minor keys, Refer back to lesson 6 and 7 if you don't know the scales from C to E major.

Keep It In Tune

It is extremely important for beginners to have a digital tuner to keep their guitar in tune. If you are a new player this is very important that you hear each note at the right pitch. It is very easy for new players to tune an octave too high or low.If you do not have a piano try and buy a digital tuner. It also saves money no broken strings.

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  • CorneliaMladenova profile image

    Korneliya Yonkova 

    2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

    Another super cool hub. I pass your articles, Stella, to my daughter who is keen on learning guitar playing. They are really helpful ti her :)

  • Mihnea Andreescu profile image

    Mihnea-Andrei Andreescu 

    2 years ago from Tilburg

    Nice, I used to play bass guitar in a rock band in my early teens :D.A lesson that I learned a long time ago.This hub brought a lot of memories.

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Cornelia, hope your daughter plays the guitar, a friend for life. Thanks for reading.

  • CorneliaMladenova profile image

    Korneliya Yonkova 

    2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

    This hub is just for my older girl, she is trying to play guitar. Thanks a lot for sharing. The photos and video are cool too :)

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    vellur thanks for reading.

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    Nithya Venkat 

    2 years ago from Dubai

    Interesting and informative, explained clearly.

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Hi Sujaya, thanks for the visit.

  • sujaya venkatesh profile image

    sujaya venkatesh 

    2 years ago

    a musical hub

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Thank you Nell.

  • Nell Rose profile image

    Nell Rose 

    2 years ago from England

    My son would love to read this, he plays guitars, great info!


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