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Rock Guitar Lessons: Basic Pull-Offs

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One, two, three, four.
This is a good sound,
this is a thing that you can do on guitar,
called a pull-off.
You might have heard of pull-offs before.
But what happens, is you get some notes.
For free, you get to pick one note.
That's one you have to pay for.
But then next one, [SOUND] happens for
free because you don't have to pick it,
'cuz your left hand takes over and pulls
down toward the ground.
Almost like you're gonna bend.
[SOUND] So you just sort of as you, as you
have a string as you let it go and
it causes the next note to ring out.
[SOUND] Now for pull-offs, I always like
to pick the first note.
[SOUND] Like, that.
And once it's going.
You might,
you could practice with a trill like that.
But let's just do this basic one for now.
And what I did is,
I took an A minor pentatonic scale that
we've been working with.
But I found the notes down here in open
I'm doing this really cool pull-up run.
With it's a tune up phrase you've been
hearing over and over again.
And then the same fret on the next string.
Again with a pull-off, so I'm just picking
one note, and then pulling off the next
one with the left hand.
And then that's kind of it.
Then i'm just ending with a picked note
So, this is very left hand driven, I am
picking the first note of each string with
a downstroke, so I'm going, down, down,
down, down, down, down.
But the in between notes,
[SOUND] happen with those pull-offs.
That takes some technique, and
strength, and a callus.
So make that happen.
Cuz you really want the pull-off note.
To be just as loud and just as strong,
as the pick note.
And so, that's it.
Now I, I used our, our new picking
That sort of scratchy gallop.
As a way to practice these pull-offs.
So, we're gonna go back and forth.
So here's the riff.
One, two, three, four.
Now again, I wanna point out
that there's a transition in here, that's
probably the, the trickiest one.
So let's ta, let's take a look at it.
And we'll take it apart.
So that's gonna happen when we go.
we have to jump up from the low A string.
To that high A,
that's fretted on the third string.
And let's look at the picking that happens
right before that.
we're going, [SOUND] down, up, down.
And these strokes are important.
You know at this tempo, you might be able
to muscle it through and
do all downstrokes.
But, but then we're gonna
have a lot of limitations put on our
speed, and our groove and our tone.
So this is really the place where we wanna
develop the right strokes, and
the right groove.
And that's gonna be down, up, down.
Down, up, down.
Now again,
we're gonna take just this piece, and
we're gonna practice it in time,
because that's really how we get it to
Let's see, what's a slow tempo we can do
You can go.
Even slower.
There, that's feeling good.
Down, up, down.
And, nice and clean.
So this, in a way, is string skipping.
Cuz we're going through that, again, that
low A string.
And jumping over.
All the way to the G string.
From there to there.
That takes some technique to, to figure it
out, so this is,
this is why I'm slowing it down and taking
it apart.
One more time, just that section.
One, two, three.
And your ear gets familiar with it too.
Your ears adjust to like
that good, clean sound.
No noise.
It's good notes.
All right.
So, now let's put the beginning gallop on
Even slow it down a little bit.
Let's see, there we go.
Then we can really
test out if we can do the transition, in
Three, four.
Okay, I'll give you one more time.
Let's do it together.
Two, three, four.
This is
were you can make sure you can get your
foot into the action, you know.
You can feel it like you really got it,
you're indestructible.
All right, now I
think we're ready to put the pull-off in
that we learned at the beginning.
So, we'll go.
That's cool.
And for some reason it's not working in
this tempo.
Again, just shrink it down to the small
Take each section by itself.
But try to do it in time.
It doesn't matter how slow just as long as
it's in time, you know.
You can do it even slower.
You know, the.
You know,
I think slow practicing is some of the
best practicing you could ever do.
It really lets your ear hear all the
details of what's going on.
If there's any string ring or noises you
don't want,
that's where you'll really be able to hear
them and, and repair them.
And figure out where they're coming from.
And adjust your hands to be able make a
nice clean note.
Alright, so I think you've got it now so
let's speed up a little bit.
We'll go one, two, three, four.
I'm giving my stylish little bend there.
Just up just a little bit.
Just enough to make you make a face.
You know look at that like, oh yeah.
All right, let's do it, one two,
three, four.
All right, and you know,
just see how quick you can get it after it
feels comfortable you know.
Get it indestructible first.
Once it's indestructible, you can, you can
really start to speed it up and
not have to worry about it.
So three, four.
You can see if you
can control it with some more distortion.
One, two, three, four!
And when I get more distortion,
it allows me to play lighter, and really
get that nice scratchy sound to come out.
The distortion brings it up.
All right,
so get your that's a great lick to
practice, it'll get your first finger.
Really strong in doing those pull-offs,
and it'll continue to get your picking
really accurate with those
smaller motions that we're doing.
This new picking style, so I'd love to
hear you do this one.
Send it on in and
I'll take a look, and check out the other
students who are playing it as well,
see how they're doing, and this will all
help your fingers, and
just as importantly, your ears and your
ability to hear those details.