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Furthering the concept of legato, the use of hammer-ons and pull-offs in conjunction with slides and position shifts on a single string can be a very simple and effective tool in rock lead playing. Once again, this example can be picked or left completely to the left hand. This example is in the style of Steve Vai, and is in the key of E minor starting at the high A note on the E string. We'll be descending the scale in a 3 note sequence.

In conclusion, the concept of hammer-ons and pull-offs can be applied almost universally to almost every lead guitar element in this tutorial in some fashion. Take the concepts you've learned from this chapter and go back to the previous chapters and see how you can apply these techniques to the other elements discussed such as scales, chord embellishments, etc.

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Hammer-Ons & Pull-Offs