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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Introduction to Basic Pull-Offs

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[MUSIC]
Okay, we're back and we've covered a lot
of great fundamentals in
the beginning section here and
we're getting on to some more fun stuff.
We have done some hammer-ons and we've
covered basic chords, some minor chords.
A lot of major scales,
some great fundamentals for
the foundation and
framework of what's gonna become your
style in this lesson
series of country guitar.
So, right now we are gonna move on and
do some basic pull offs and
this is gonna be fun.
It's a left hand technique.
And what we're gonna do is I'll
show you what it sounds like.
You're gonna strike the note fretted.
[MUSIC]
And the pull off is when you're engaging
a note without picking
with the right hand.
So you're getting two notes for
one pick attack.
It's kind of like the same concept as the
hammer on which we did earlier which was
like this.
[SOUND] You're striking one
note [SOUND] and getting two.
So this can be good for speed and
just some general accents in your playing
that we'll get to farther
on down in the lesson.
But right now, what this is is
when you fret the note with,
we're gonna use your first finger.
And you pull off.
[SOUND] You're almost kinda,
if you go straight up,
you won't get the same effect.
[SOUND] It doesn't work,
you have to kind of,
when you release your finger,
[SOUND] you're almost flicking in
a way upward to where you can do it
without picking as well like this.
[SOUND] So it's an interesting technique.
You're not just releasing your
finger straight up, you're doing
it in an upward motion, which I mean
upward this way, not straight up or out.
So you're going upwards,
so you get this effect.
[SOUND] Or, [SOUND] so
what you do with your
finger is, it needs to be, again,
the key to all this stuff is stay relaxed.
You wanna get the note to speak clearly,
and
you wanna pull the tone,
and pull the tone out and
be able to get the volume
from the pull off.
So like I said, it's this upward motion.
[SOUND] And you're almost,
you're using where
the string lays, and
the ball of your first finger,
that groove, when that catches the string.
And you do that upward movement and
out, [SOUND] it's gonna catch and
it's gonna make the volume loud enough
to where you can actually hear this,
to where it's not,
it's not just a straight upward motion.
You're actually,
you're engaging the string in the movement
that it takes to make the sound
like your picking hand.
[MUSIC]
It's essentially the same
concept,
[MUSIC]
but you're doing it down here.
[MUSIC]
and that's a pulloff.
[MUSIC]
So we're gonna do an exercise with this.
And we're just gonna use
the pentatonic scale,
[MUSIC]
and G.
And we're gonna start by doing
just a pull off on each one.
And then we're gonna move to do
a hammer on and a pull off on each one.
Just so you can get this left hand really
you're feeling comfortable
with this technique.
So, right now, let's do it.
Let's start on the high E string,
and I'll count us in.
One, two, three, four
[MUSIC]
I'll do it one more time.
And on these bottom strings,
you can pull off down.
[MUSIC]
And then when you get to the G string,
you might wanna try going up on this one.
[MUSIC]
So it's up there,
[MUSIC]
and on these,
[MUSIC]
that doesn't work as well.
So when you get to the middle and low
strings, your motion's gonna go upwards.
[MUSIC]
And on these,
[MUSIC],
you can do either way so
it's almost which one is
more comfortable for you.
But you can pull down,
[MUSIC]
with the same effect as going up.
So let's try that again,
we'll go using the pentatonic scale
we'll go up from the high to the low.
So we'll go down here.
Down,
[MUSIC]
hold down on the first
two,
[MUSIC]
and then up on when you go to the G
string.
So one, two, three, four,
[MUSIC]
and then let's trying going
down from the low to the high.
One, two, three,
four,
[MUSIC]
and then back down,
one, two, three,
four,
[MUSIC]
okay.
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