Legato

Hammer. The notation for a hammer is a curved line between the initial and terminal notes, annotated with either the expression Hammer or in-line with the abbreviation h. When first introduced and later followed by abbreviation h, the annotation is Hammer (h). Hammer implies that the terminal note is sutained for its duration. The curved line may curve either upwards or downwards and the annotation may appear either above or below the line.

Example 1 illustrates how to introduce Hammer (h) in a composition. The guitarist interprets the straight line between G and A to mean to pluck G then fret A. Example 2 is an example of an in-line abbeviation to hammer A after plucking G.

Pull-Off. The notation for a pull-off is a curved line between the initial and terminal notes, annotated with either the expression Pull-Off or in-line with the abbreviation po. When first introduced and later followed by abbreviation po, the annotation is Pull-Off (po). Pull implies that the terminal note is sutained for its duration. The curved line may curve either upwards or downwards and the annotation may appear either above or below the line.

Example 3 illustrates how to introduce Pull-Off (pb) in a composition. The guitarist interprets the straight line between A and G to mean pull the finger sustaining the note A off the string in such a way that it plucks G. Example 4 is an example of an in-line abbeviation to pull-off A while plucking G.