The pull-off is a guitar technique that is, in a way, exactly the opposite
of a hammer-on. Consider the following illustration:
You're going to start executing the pull-off technique by putting your
third AND first finger on the third string, on the frets illustrated
above. Play the string with your pick, then remove your third finger
from the string. As you do this, make a slight downwards tugging motion
with your third finger. This should cause the note your first finger
is fretting to ring out. The first few times you try it, the string
may stop ringing as you remove your finger. Keep practicing the technique,
and you'll get the hang of it.
If you're having trouble understanding what a pull-off should sound
like, be sure to listen to the audio clip of the above example, played
several different ways (listen in RealAudio or
in MP3 formats).
Once you've conquered the above, it's important to challenge yourself
a little more, and try playing things that combine multiple hammer-ons
and pull-offs. One of the best ways to do this is to try playing scales
- ascending with hammer-ons, and descending with pull-offs. Listen
to an audio clip of the A blues scale being performed in this manner (in RealAudio or
in MP3 formats),
and try to play it in a similar fashion.
- Hammering onto a note, then pulling off to the original note. Repeat
this as long as possible, without re-picking the string.
- Play all other scales we've learned using hammer-on and pull-off
- Try not to get frustrated. Pay attention to detail - like using
your fingertips on the frets instead of the pads of your fingers.
- Try hammer-ons and pull-offs whenever you play guitar. Most songs
that include single notes use these techniques.
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