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Banjo Lessons: Pull-Off Etude 2

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Now we're
gonna move into a slightly different zone,
and these are just some pull off etudes.
The first one's in the key of C.
And it sounds like this.
So, you're basically working out of a C
chord here and
I have the index finger down when I start,
so you have that sence of C.
[SOUND] I pull two to zero.
Ring open.
[SOUND] And then I pull off that C note.
[SOUND] One to zero on the second string.
[SOUND] But then I bring it back down as I
bring the middle to the second fret of
the third string.
[SOUND] Let go, bring it back down and
then bring the middle over to the second
fret of the fourth string as a quarter
That's the first measure.
Then the second measure is just keeping
the index down on the first fret
of the second string, forward roll.
To the fifth string,
add the ring on the quarter note first
Fifth string, quarter note.
So the first two measures are.
then you repeat that first measure for the
third measure.
And then you play open third, open,
it's a forward roll, open third, open
second, pull-off two to zero on the first.
Back to the C note, quarter note,
fifth string.
So the whole A part is.
And you repeat that.
Then the B part is
So, what you're doing now is you're gonna
be up here.
Playing part of the barred fifth fret C
chord here on the, just fretting the first
two strings, this time with the ring on
the first string, middle on the fifth fret
of the second.
So you're pulling off five zero on the
first string.
And second string, fifth string,
it's a backward roll.
Middle, index, I'm sorry, it's kind of a
backward roll.
There was that extra eighth note in there.
So middle, index, thumb.
Now, I use the pinky while I keep the
middle down on the fifth fret of
the second string, and I pull off seven to
Like that.
And this will help build up strength in
your pinky and there's no reason for your
pinky not to be strong if you just use it.
Don't avoid it.
Then back to the same five zero pull off
on the first string, five to zero and then
fifth fret of the second is sitting there.
And then the open first.
then a little melodic lick as I move the
middles of the fifth fret of the third,
open first, middle on the fifth fret of
the second.
Fifth string.
So those two measures are.
Pull off.
Once again.
then repeat the first measure again as you
And then.
Index on the third fret of the first, then
I switch to the ring on the fifth fret of
the second, open first, open fifth.
Middle, index, middle, thumb.
That's an Osborne roll.
And then I have the middle quarter note
on the fifth fret of the third string,
fifth string.
So you have.
So the whole thing slowly is.
[SOUND] Two, three, four.
And this is not gonna be a fast tune but a
little faster.
[SOUND] Two, three, four.