Picking Vs. Slurring In Practice

This is a quick, but useful lesson on adding slurring (hammer-ons and pull-offs) into your practice routine.

The primary thing here is that we are attempting to make your slurred notes sound just like your picked notes – but you’ll never get there, and that’s okay.

Like many things in guitar-land, it’s simply the fact that we are attempting to achieve an ideal that makes the practice method work.

Download this video HERE if you want to 🙂

Got some good practice tips of your own to share? Let the people know below in the comments…


  • Corky

    Reply Reply January 12, 2018

    Thanks Griff, I like how you keep it simple as you bring us along in our skills. You are very valuable to all of us.

  • Hiphopza

    Reply Reply January 10, 2018

    Nice post, will bookmark this

  • Spenner

    Reply Reply January 9, 2018

    Thanks Griff

  • Paul Blaesing

    Reply Reply January 7, 2018

    Griff, pick a little, slur a little, pick a little, slur a little, pick, pick, pick, pick a little….
    Altered song from the musical, The Music Man. https://youtu.be/mvhFs2bdRpE
    Song starts at the 52 second point in the video. Lol

  • Robyn

    Reply Reply January 7, 2018

    Thanks Grff,,
    I will practice these the way you suggest. MY timing is a mess with the pull offs.

  • Bryan

    Reply Reply January 7, 2018

    Anything you blog tends to be a learning experience. Your courses have changed my life. No words can express my gratitude.

  • John Uva

    Reply Reply January 6, 2018

    Good lesson. McCarty Burst is stunning!

    • PAUL

      Reply Reply January 6, 2018

      I find it hard to do pull off’s on my acoustic breed love. Guess my finger srength is losing its loosesness.I’m 65 now and the artitis in my lfet Hand , i can only do it on light gaudge strings. like my electric guitar . who’s faster? Eddie van healen. I have seen him just fly acrrocss the strings with , slurs. Nice one, just need to parctice more.

  • Ron Rees

    Reply Reply January 6, 2018

    I like this lesson and it should broaden my understanding that good strumming techniques
    require more attention to details and a lot of players might not fully appreciate or have
    never fully employed. This leaves me wondering about the overall quality and/or value it brings
    to acoustic guitars. Knowing that a lot of value is covered by today’s technology thru very sophisticated
    electronics. For obvious reasons I feel electric guitars are the main focus here and knowing your
    equipment selection may play a significant role in this goal for better quality. I personally don’t have
    any fancy amplifiers or sound shaping gadgets as of yet. This situation leaves me less inclined
    to practice slurring techniques. Others may disagree. I do have two acoustic and two electric guitars.

    Maybe this pushes me deeper into more advanced electronics …analog and digital ? Any suggestions what type of sound (gear) might be appropriate on a low dollar budget?

  • Jim

    Reply Reply January 6, 2018

    Thanks for another great bit of information! My slurs are really bad and you just encouraged me to practice them (correctly)!
    I also noticed your thumb position (behind the neck) when you play. I believe this perfect, classical technique. So much to work on!

  • Larry Puckett

    Reply Reply January 6, 2018

    Wow Griff you are in another dimension. Another super lesson by a great professor.

  • telesaurus

    Reply Reply January 6, 2018

    I also use slides, slide up lo-to-hi, slide down hi-to-lo. That helps nail the correct movement to land right at the fret wire. That muscle memory is real helpful (to me at anyway, there’s no one size fits all) for accurately moving up and down the fret board. I like the PRS. I would love to see a lesson on all your love from the John Mayall Beano album with that one or an SC245.

  • Dan Miller

    Reply Reply January 6, 2018

    Thanks again Griff. I have tried some if this before but was lost with how to do it right. You have presented it perfectly to practice on. Your videos are very helpful, thanks, keep it up,!

  • Calude

    Reply Reply January 6, 2018

    Hi Griff
    Again thanks for this short but very interesting lesson. Much appeciated.

  • Gery

    Reply Reply January 6, 2018

    Never saw you with a PRS before Griff. I hope that plays as nicely as it costs 🙂

  • Rod

    Reply Reply January 6, 2018

    Surring does not seem like a good name for Griff’s hammer on and hammer offs. They sound pretty clear and distinct to me, and if they do sound different from his picked notes I cant hear it! Another perfecctly presented lesson Griff.

    Rod in Ottawa

  • Tim Frisch

    Reply Reply January 6, 2018

    Good stuff Griff! Very helpful.


  • cowboy

    Reply Reply January 6, 2018

    great info on how to take what we know and kick it up a notch…thanks…later.


  • Juanlu

    Reply Reply January 6, 2018

    Thank U so much, my dear teacher. I will practice this way to achieve my goals!!!
    Best wishes.

  • GT Sipe

    Reply Reply January 6, 2018

    Great video lesson Griff! Something else I need to work on. Thanks for spending the time to show this. GT

  • Mark Wales uk

    Reply Reply January 6, 2018

    Cheers Griff
    I start off my practice with this excercise but all five positions with a metronome plus I change the picking all down then all up
    And alternate it’s good to string skip my playing as improved from it I do a lest 20 mins a day just on this sometimes loonger

  • raul zapata

    Reply Reply January 6, 2018

    Basic but excellent!
    Thx Griff

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