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Banjo Lessons: Pull-Offs Part 1

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[MUSIC]
Another
important part of the whole Bluegrass game
is doing pull-offs.
And this is true of old-time music too,
and just a lot of music in general.
It's kind of the opposite of the
hammer-on.
Instead of hammering onto a note, you're
pulling off.
[MUSIC]
And when I say pull-off, in certain cases,
you'll actually push off.
But they're called pull-offs.
And to begin, let's get to the second fret
of the first string.
[MUSIC]
And pull down, but you want that snap.
You hear how clear that second note is?
[SOUND] It's as loud as the first note,
which is ideally what your pull-offs will
be.
[SOUND] Again.
[SOUND] You're not hitting it the second
time.
Just hit it once.
[SOUND] Step away from the banjo.
[SOUND] And actually, we'll keep your hand
down, but.
[SOUND]
Sorry.
[SOUND] So what I'm doing, I'm going.
[MUSIC]
On the forward roll.
[MUSIC]
Little more slowly.
[MUSIC]
Now,
let's try the one to zero pull-off on the
second string.
This is a little harder.
[MUSIC]
You wanna get under the string.
[SOUND] And snap it.
[SOUND] In fact, in the old days,
back in this classic era of banjo playing
that we demonstrated earlier.
[SOUND] Back at the you know, late 1800s,
early 1900s, they called this the pull-off
a snap, which is really a better name for
it cuz there really is a snap.
[SOUND] Hear that snap?
[MUSIC]
And
I have my thumb coming over to the second
string.
[MUSIC]
You wanna pull off in time.
There's left-hand time just like there's
right-hand time.
One, two, three, four, one, two, three,
four.
Have very even time here.
[MUSIC]
Now use your middle finger to pull off two
to zero on the third string.
[MUSIC]
And
two zero pull-off on the fourth string.
[MUSIC]
Now let's put these together.
[MUSIC]
Here's a little etude using some of these
techniques, just kind of the, the A
section of an etude.
Try this.
[MUSIC]
So what I'm doing, start with a forward
roll.
[MUSIC]
Pull-off two to zero on the first string.
[MUSIC]
Go into a forward roll, fifth and second,
repeat the pull-off on the se, first
string.
[MUSIC]
And
then pull-off one to zero on the second
string.
[MUSIC]
Fifth, first.
Another forward roll.
[MUSIC]
Fifth first.
And now you're gonna do a two pull-offs in
a row, one to zero on the second string
and with the index, two to zero on the
third with the middle.
[MUSIC]
Go to a D seventh.
[MUSIC]
Another forward roll,
two-zero pull-off on the first string.
[MUSIC]
Now I'm bringing the pinky up
to the fifth fret of the first string.
[SOUND] Give it a good snap.
[SOUND] Again, this will help strengthen
your pinky.
[MUSIC]
Second fret of the first string.
[MUSIC]
Pinky.
[MUSIC]
Index.
On the second string, one to zero.
[MUSIC]
Another double pull-off middle finger on
the second fret of the third, two to zero,
and over to the fourth string.
[MUSIC]
So once more, the whole thing is.
[MUSIC]