In this bass guitar lesson, Elixir Strings artist Derek Jones demonstrates how to use hammer-ons and pull-offs together for a driving, percussive feel. Following on from his hammer-ons video lesson, Derek illustrates the techniques using a simple major and minor pentatonic lick using 16th and 8th notes. As always, pay attention to the volume between plucked, hammered and pulled notes and add some fresh, funky feel to your grooves!
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Combining a variety of left hand techniques will really help add some life to your basslines. Plucked notes, hammer-ons and pull-offs are all useful tools in the armory, with different attack and tonal qualities that are essential for coming up with cool parts.