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paul_kng
06-09-2011, 06:52 PM
hey guys ive been having trouble with hammer ons. when i do it its very soft and you can barely hear it. is it me? the uke? can any one help?

pekelo
06-09-2011, 07:06 PM
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Aloha - I've got some details of this on my page 44 of book 2
from my site www.pekelosbooks.com

Exercises and mp3 clips are on pg 45, 46
The associated technique is the Pulling off
(found on pg 47:)
Pekelo
www.pekelosbooks.com

janeray1940
06-09-2011, 07:13 PM
hey guys ive been having trouble with hammer ons. when i do it its very soft and you can barely hear it. is it me? the uke? can any one help?

Practice, practice, practice! This is eluding me a bit too. One thing to keep in mind is that the finger that is hammering-on needs to hit the string straight on, not at an angle, and right in between the fretwires (not too close to either one).

cashew
06-09-2011, 07:21 PM
Hammer ons are the bane of my existance too sometimes...

You'll need to hit the string square on, and a heck of a lot harder than you think you'd need to.... Really hammer on that string (no pun intended.)
Ukes don't tend to make the greatest hammer on noise, but with practice you can get it to sound better.

sukie
06-10-2011, 04:33 AM
Yep -- it's a lot of practice. My hammer ons were very quiet at first. They will get louder the more you do them.

deadpool
06-10-2011, 07:11 AM
It may also help to pluck the string you intend to "hammer on" a bit harder than normal to get a more pronounced sound from the hammer on. At least that is how it works on the guitar. My ukulele has yet to arrive but it can't be that much different.

Tantal
06-10-2011, 08:23 AM
Like most said practice is key. Calluses help too :P

The bit that gets me is when the hammer on is followed quickly by a pull off. Still have a lot fo difficulty pulling of something that does not sound like I am trying to wring out the string...

olgoat52
06-10-2011, 09:07 AM
It is hard to get them to ring on nylon strings with such a short scale. Especially if you learned to do them on steel string guitars. Big difference. Hand strength helps to. Ie put the hammer in hammer on. Try it without even plucking the string first. Just Hammer on soft then hammer on hard. The more force, the more the ring (up to a point)

Laouik
06-10-2011, 09:38 AM
The first UU tutorial, The Cure's Lovesong, is a great one to practise hammers-on.