Tech Tip:Bi-Dextral Hammer On?

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Larry Simmons; Nagoya, Japan


Q: What is a Bi-dextral hammer on? I read this in a product description and it got my curiosity.


A: Those fancy names they put on common techniques really make them sound intriguing.


Bi-dextral means two hand, this is a two-handed hammer on technique that incorporates tapping on the neck with the fingers on your picking hand. Eddie Van Halen is probably one of the best known players for using this technique.


If you want to hear good examples of this technique, listen to "Eruption" or "Hot for Teacher" by Van Halen.


Hope this helps!


Yours in Music
John McCarthy
Rock House