The Quickest Way to Perfect Hammers Ons? Break it Down


Hammer-ons sound great on guitar. They just do. There’s something about that snap between notes that makes any phrase come alive


While you may enjoy playing hammer-ons, you can struggle with playing them perfectly every time. 


Some days your fingers are flopping everywhere, other days you miss notes, and on other days your second note is half the volume as the first. 


All combining for a bad hammer on experience. And when you have negative practice experiences like these it’s hard to stay positive in the practice room. 


Because of this, I’ve put together a short lesson that teaches you how to play perfect hammer-ons every time


And, the best part is these exercises are fun


They engage your brain, hands, and ears, making practicing fun on top of building rock-solid guitar chops


Wouldn’t you love it if every day you ran to the practice room because you couldn’t wait to get started? 


And, wouldn’t it be awesome if you could play every hammer on perfectly in your workouts, solos, exercises, scales, and more?


Oh, and wouldn’t it be cool to master hammer-ons in only a few minutes a day? 


Um, yeah, sounds awesome to me!


In this lesson, you learn how to play perfect hammer-ons, how to build rock-solid technique in only a few minutes a day and have fun in the practice room. 


Stop struggling with your hammer-ons and start loving every note you play. Get started now on your road to rock-solid guitar technique.

Hammer-On Exercise 1


To begin, here’s a 1-2 hammer exercise between the 12th and 13th frets. 


Start up high, and if you have time, move down to 11-12, 10-11, 9-10, etc. frets to work on stretching in this workout. 


As you get comfortable with this exercise you can take things further by working these same hammers with the following fingers. 


- 1-3

- 1-4

- 2-3

- 2-4

- 3-4


Use a metronome, go slow, focus on clarity and proper timing, and have fun with this hammer-on workout!

Hammer-On Exercise 2


Moving on, here’s a 1-2 hammer exercise between the 5th and 6th frets. 


Start up high, and if you have time, move around the neck as you play this exercise on different frets to stretch out with this workout. 


As you become comfortable with these hammers you can level up your workout by practicing these same hammers with the following fingers. 


- 1-3

- 1-4

- 2-3

- 2-4

- 3-4


Use a metronome, go slow, focus on clarity and proper timing, and have fun with this hammer-on workout!

Hammer-On Exercise 3


The final exercise brings a stretch into the mix as you play the 5-7 frets using hammers with your 1st and 2nd fingers. 


Go slow with this exercise, start without any tempo and bring a metronome in when ready. 


Focus on keeping your index finger down as you hammer on to the next note even if it’s a stretch. 


This might be too big a span for your fingers to reach right now, and that’s ok


Do your best, mark this exercise, and come back to it if needed over time as your fingerings stretch out more on the guitar. 


When ready, you can expand on this workout by practicing the same hammers with these fretting-hand finger combinations. 


- 1-3

- 1-4

- 2-3

- 2-4

- 3-4


Have fun as you finish this intro to hammer-on workout