Pull-Offs and Hammer-Ons

by Pete · 1 comment

Experienced guitar players will know precisely how to perform a hammer on or a pull off. For ukuleles it is exactly the same.

Firstly, hammer ons. After playing a note on one string, using another finger hit the same string one or more frets higher up. Hitting this fret needs to be fast and firm as the sustain in the note takes a bit of a whack with a hammer on. The quicker you get a firm grip of the fret, the less the impact to the note decay.

Pull offs are the opposite of a hammer on. Using two fingers on the firmly on two frets on the same string, after picking the string, to play a pull off, sharply lift the finger closest to the bridge. Similar to the hammer on, this will have a significant effect on the sustain of the note if not done quickly.

Below is an example of uke notation of firstly a hammer on from the 3rd fret to the 5th fret on the 1st string (A string), then we have a pull off from the 5th fret to the 3rd fret. Then we put it together with a hammer on straight into a pull off.

Hammer On and Pull Off

Hammer On and Pull Off

Here is the notation in tab text format.

A--3h5-5p3-3h5p3--
E-----------------
C-----------------
G-----------------

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Rusty April 29, 2010 at 12:48 am

Speakin of hammer ons and pull offs – I’d love to see how to play Hey Joe on the uke – can you do it?

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