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A pull-off can be done to an open string or to a fretted note below it. The first example pulls off to an open 1st string. The second one pulls-off (pushes) off with the middle left hand finger while the index left hand finger holds the fretted note below it.
Important: When playing 3-2 pull-off above, begin by placing the index finger on the 2nd fret AND the middle finger on the 3rd fret. You need both fingers solidly placed on both notes BEFORE you pull-off (pluck) with the middle finger.
Pull-Off Exercise (MP3 Track 22) This next example pulls off from the 3rd fret to the second fret. Again, notice that it takes two fingers of the left hand to create a pull off to a fretted note. In this example the higher first note is fretted with the middle finger and the lower second note is held down in advance by the index finger. The first half of this exercise uses the "slide roll" lick you learned earlier.
Creek Using Pull-Off (MP3 TRACK
You could also insert the pull-off lick in other places. For example, I often play the first measure just like measure 3.
of Entire Song Cripple Creek (MP3
I am rollin' now... let's go to Lesson 14.
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