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    Default Hammer ons

    My pinky is unable to do a hammer on that gets enough sound. I don't think it's just a matter of trying to strengthen the pinky, due to past injury. I can do hammer ons that sound OK with other fingers, but sometimes the fingering of a piece doesn't allow that.

    I'm currently trying to learn Brittni Paiva's version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, (beautiful version!), and need that hammer on. What do people do if they need to substitute something for a hammer on? Picking the note vs. hammer on doesn't sound the same, of course, but is the best I can do for now.

    Suggestions? Of just pick the note and that's that?

    Here is Brittni's SOtR:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53lhcN47_YY
    Last edited by Joyful Uke; 06-16-2019 at 06:12 AM. Reason: Added link

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    Joyful, if you need to substitute something for a pinky hammer-on, I can only think of two options. Just pick the note, as you suggested, or figure out a way to to hit that hammer-on with a different finger (change the chord fingering pattern somehow). Perhaps somebody else can come up with another option. Good luck!
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    Ifyou cannot master the hammer on try a slide instead.
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    I find that looser strings help. I have my Kamaka tuned to eAC#F# and I can do all the note adornments such as hammers, pulls, glissandi. Of course, if you play in a group setting, you won't be playing in the same key as your partners.

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    I have a couple of instances (usually upper fretboard) where I can't hear the 2nd note of my hammer-on, so I just play them as separate distinct notes. Not a big deal for me. my dog doesn't mind.
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    You may have to "pull off" on that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyful Uke View Post
    My pinky is unable to do a hammer on that gets enough sound. I don't think it's just a matter of trying to strengthen the pinky, due to past injury. I can do hammer ons that sound OK with other fingers, but sometimes the fingering of a piece doesn't allow that.

    I'm currently trying to learn Brittni Paiva's version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, (beautiful version!), and need that hammer on. What do people do if they need to substitute something for a hammer on? Picking the note vs. hammer on doesn't sound the same, of course, but is the best I can do for now.

    Suggestions? Of just pick the note and that's that?

    Here is Brittni's SOtR:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53lhcN47_YY
    That's one challenging arrangement, which tab are you using?
    Happy just to be a Newbie +, Penny

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    Here's a wonderful version where she picks the notes rather than using a hammer-on

    Happy just to be a Newbie +, Penny

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    Quote Originally Posted by prb035 View Post
    That's one challenging arrangement, which tab are you using?
    I found one here:

    http://dominator.ukeland.com/Images/brittni_rainbow.pdf
    Last edited by Joyful Uke; 06-16-2019 at 04:56 PM. Reason: Added link

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    Quote Originally Posted by prb035 View Post
    Here's a wonderful version where she picks the notes rather than using a hammer-on

    If that's good enough for her, it's good enough for me. :-)
    Maybe someday I'll play it at least 1/2 that well. Her playing is so beautiful.

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