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
- 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!