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Banjo Lessons: Pull-Offs Part 1

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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
Instead of hammering onto a note, you're
pulling off.
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.
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
[SOUND] Again.
[SOUND] You're not hitting it the second
Just hit it once.
[SOUND] Step away from the banjo.
[SOUND] And actually, we'll keep your hand
down, but.
[SOUND] So what I'm doing, I'm going.
On the forward roll.
Little more slowly.
let's try the one to zero pull-off on the
second string.
This is a little harder.
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?
I have my thumb coming over to the second
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,
Have very even time here.
Now use your middle finger to pull off two
to zero on the third string.
two zero pull-off on the fourth string.
Now let's put these together.
Here's a little etude using some of these
techniques, just kind of the, the A
section of an etude.
Try this.
So what I'm doing, start with a forward
Pull-off two to zero on the first string.
Go into a forward roll, fifth and second,
repeat the pull-off on the se, first
then pull-off one to zero on the second
Fifth, first.
Another forward roll.
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.
Go to a D seventh.
Another forward roll,
two-zero pull-off on the first string.
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.
Second fret of the first string.
On the second string, one to zero.
Another double pull-off middle finger on
the second fret of the third, two to zero,
and over to the fourth string.
So once more, the whole thing is.