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Banjo Lessons: Pull-Off Etudes: "Cripple Creek"

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part two of the pull-off etude section,
and I'm gonna do a little bit of Cripple
Creek in the key of D using pull-offs.
And this is a little bit different, but
I'm getting a little fancier with the
pull-offs here.
But see what you can do with this, and
I'll play it once through and
then I'll break it down.
So lots of full on pull off action here.
And the A part.
Let me play that first and we'll break
that down.
basically assigning one finger per fret.
You're gonna have the ring on the first
string, fourth fret.
You're playing off to the index on the
second fret of the first string.
Again a nice snap and since you're on the
first string, you can just pull off.
This way as opposed to pushing up.
If you find it easier to push up please do
But I think you'll find it easier, not
having another string in the way.
And then take the middle finger.
Again, one finger per fret, but the middle
finger will now be on the second string.
You'll pull off three to zero.
And again I'm pulling off, I'm pulling
everything down and
just feels better to me to be consistent
in this situation.
And then the index will be,
which is on the second fret, will be on
the second fret with the third string
now and you're gonna pull off two to zero.
And again.
You don't wanna be lifting up cuz you
won't get a good snap.
And particularly in this situation.
You really want a good snap, cuz these are
all melody notes, basically.
And then the ring on,
which is on the fourth string, handling
the fourth string duty.
Fourth fret duties, I'm saying, should
You want to be on the fourth fret of the
fourth string and pull off the zero.
To the open fourth.
So you have-
Now, the pinky goes to the fifth fret of
the fourth string.
So five to zero on the fourth string.
And again, the pinky's gonna feel a little
bit weak probably because it's
underutilized, but now you'll be utilizing
So five to zero on the fourth string.
Then the ring, on the fourth fret of the
third string going to the open.
Third string and then.
You get a little reprieve for
about four notes where you're not doing
any pull offs.
The index is on the second fret of the
third string.
And you're doing a forward roll.
Thumb, index, middle, fifth string.
Let's say,
just let that pull that down just past the
or just into the middle of the second
string and let go of the index.
And then, you repeat this.
Now at the end.
You're not pulling off to,
to zero on the fourth string.
You're going.
This is all the same.
you finish off this low part of the D
You hit the fourth part of the fourth
string, and
then you go to the second fret of the
third string.
And now, this is kinda switched around
because everything else,
you're hitting a downbeat or an upbeat.
One, and two, and one-
And, two, and so on and so forth, and
you're pulling off to the next note,
starting on the downbeat, or
the upbeat and go into the next note.
In this case
You're pulling off to the downbeat, so
everything is switched around a little bit
Once you get to that second fret of
the fourth string, of the third string at
the end of that measure.
You pull off to the open third string.
then go down to the fourth fret of the
fourth string.
So I'm.
And you can hit that with the thumb or
the thumb or the index on that fourth
And you pull off four to two.
Then the index.
And since you're already kinda collapsed
down there the index will cut the, will
touch the second fret of the third string.
You're kinda borrowing it.
And then open fourth string quarter note.
And go to the second,
just fret second fret of the third sting
play that one with the first string as a
pinch, with the thumb and middle.
And go to the second, just fret second
fret of the third sting and
play that one with the first string as a
pinch, with the thumb and middle.
so this last two measure section is.
It's a little tricky in there, but
I think you can get that.
Now the B part.
You're going.
You're pulling off to the fourth string.
Once again.
So you're playing the seven to zero.
Again, you're doing a one finger per fret
Pinky on the seventh fret of the four
And I find that I.
Let's see,
there are a number of ways you can do,
whatever works for you.
I'm kinda coming a little more across.
But you start, definitely wanna get under
that fr-
Fourth string.
However you do it so
you're not hitting all the other strings.
And then go to the index and
pull of four to zero.
then go up to the second fret of the third
string with the index.
Pull off and then four to two.
Ring to index.
On the fourth string.
Quarter note on the fourth string open.
pinch the first two strings, so you've
Once again.
And then repeat.
And the same thing.
And instead of an open first two strings,
you're just fretting the third fret of the
second string and the open first.
the whole B part one more time would be.
Okay, so I'll do the entire thing now
slowly and then up the tempo.
And this will really help all of your, I
you're using all of your fingers for
So it's really gonna make your left hand
just stronger overall.
I find whenever I do these before I play,
that, just holding chords feel better.
Everything feels stronger in the left hand
cuz we're again,
always working with the right hand.
And if you do the, do this with a
You'll also be working your right hand as
well as your left hand.
So it's just a win-win situation on every
So, slowly first.
One, two, three, and-
Okay and a little more up tempo.
This isn't meant to be really fast, I
played really fast by the way, but
just a little faster.
Two, three, and.