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Beginners Luck #2

Rick Payman (10059) · [archive]
Style: Acoustic/Folk · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2

Here is the second in a series of simple finger picking exercises aimed at beginners. This lesson introduces left hand open-string pull-offs.

I will start with a brief explanation of what a pull-off actually is (and suggest that you also refer to the wealth of information already published by doing a Lesson Search for "pull-off").

  • A pull-off is a note played by pulling a left hand finger off the fretboard. The finger-tip effectively slides sideways off the string towards the next highest string with a plucking action. (An alternative passive pull-off involves simply lifting the finger).

  • The note played is always lower down the fretboard (and hence lower in pitch) than the pulled finger, and may be either another fretted note, or else an unfretted open-string pull-off.

  • Sometime before the pull-off, the fretted note is (usually) played, either by normal right-hand picking, or by another pull-off (or hammer-on).

Ok, on with the exercise.
Suggested right-hand fingering [ T=Thumb, 1=1st finger, 2=2nd finger, P=left hand pull-off ]

T 2 P 1 T 2 P 1 | ...

The left hand position should be held for each successive group of 4 notes.

Remember to always practice each new piece at a slower tempo until your fingers have learned their lesson!
Beginners Luck #2