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Rock Guitar Lessons: Triplet Pull-Offs

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One, two, three, four.
All right.
It's time for some triplet pull-offs.
These are gonna use your last two fingers.
It's really good exercise to get these
nice and strong and sounding good.
And what we're doing is our familiar
rhythm part,
[SOUND] then going up to the high E string
and doing these three notes, C, B and A.
[SOUND] We're picking the first one with a
downstroke [SOUND] and
everything else is pulled off.
[SOUND] And then we're going and doing the
exact same fingers and
exactly the same technique and
the same frets as well on the next string
[SOUND] and on the next string.
[SOUND] I love things like this because my
brain can have a rest, I just know once I
do that first shape, [SOUND] I get the
same shape on the next string [SOUND] and
the same shape on the next string [SOUND]
and then we're gonna end on the root.
So it sounds like, [SOUND] this really
takes a lot of coordination and
strength from your pinky and third finger.
So it's a good way to work on it.
doing a downstroke at the beginning to get
these going.
And a downstroke.
So it's all downstrokes.
With the pull-offs generating
the rest of the notes.
All right.
So let's see.
I just wanna look at my left hand position
for a second to see how I'm, how I'm
getting the strings to do this.
You know, and I'm not really far
underneath the neck.
[SOUND] I've got some thumb over the neck.
I yeah, I just, I just visually want you
to look at that for a second to make sure,
you know, you're not way underneath cuz
there, again for vibrato purposes.
I wanna be set up for vibrato,
cuz that ending is important.
All right.
So, let's do this real slowly together.
One, two, three, four.
Now when you gonna notice
the triplet field, cuz that's one, two,
three, one two three, one, two, three.
Da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da.
Now this
slow tempo is really a good place to work
out the details of this and
make sure there's no string noise that you
don't want.
Make sure that the, the notes are even in
that you're not rushing certain ones
because they're easier,
you're really spreading out those notes
very evenly in time.
I wanna
see how slow I can get this, in a way
sometimes slower even takes more control.
So I'll go one, two, three, four.
So that's cool.
That takes a lot of techniques to do that.
So, don't under estimate the slow part of
Then, you know, once that feels good,
gradually speed it up.
The thing to focus on this is really,
has to do with the ears.
Really listening to see if there's any of
that string noise,
or making sure the rhythm is, is really
Now, I've said that before.
But the reason I said it twice, is because
it's so important.
And we need to repeat this until your hand
memorizes it as,
as something that is, is just a habit.
You want this to be as easy as tying your
shoes or brushing your teeth.
this is going to blossom eventually into
some really ripping guitar so
this is worth investing some time into.
There we go.
So this is a really good technique.
Let's try it again in context, cuz I
always want to put a riff in between
that helps us with the transition, so we
can use this in, in real life.
If you just loop only the lick, eventually
it's hard to use it cuz you need to
be able to get in and out of a rhythm.
So we'll do that exact thing right here.
One, two, three, four.
That's the way I like to practice.
Let's also practice it dynamically doing
some parts louder and some parts softer.
We'll go.
Doing like a quiet,
[SOUND] we can turn our volume down and
get that.
Every way you can sort of digest this lick
will help you,
make it more indestructible.
Clean sound.
A little louder.
All right.
I really recommend this technique.
It's so important for building up these
two fingers,
building up your sense of triplets.
I just love it, so please play this one,
one more time.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.