Lesson 14.2 – Pull Offs

To pull-off, pluck any fretted string, and while the note is ringing out, pull the string slightly against the fretboard until it releases from underneath your finger, producing a vibration. This technique can also be performed without plucking, by simply placing a finger on a string on any fret, and again pulling the string slightly until it releases.

Pull-offs are as simple as that, but here are a few tips to develop proper technique:

  • Pull-offs are quick motions with as little bending as possible.
  • Sometimes, new guitarists will find pull-offs painful on their fingers; if this is the case, continue practicing other techniques until your calluses develop.
  • As you practice scales, mix pull-offs into your picking.
  • Often, a player will simply lift the finger straight off, as opposed to pulling it off. This will not keep the string in vibration, and the 2nd note will not ring out.

Pull Offs Notation

Pull-off notations in music are different for published tablature, Internet tablature and standard music.

Published tablature in books and magazines usually have a curved line over or under the notes involved in the pull-off. Sometimes there is a “P” as well.

Pull-offs between two notes in internet tablature are represented by either a “p”, “^”, or both. The “^” is used for both hammer-ons and pull-offs, but you can tell the difference between a pull-off and a hammer-on by looking at the second note. If the 2nd note is lower than the 1st note, then it is a pull-off.

Similar to published tablature, standard notation uses an arc, but does not include the “P”.

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Lesson 14.2 – Pull Offs

To pull-off, pluck any fretted string, and while the note is ringing out, pull the string slightly against the fretboard until it releases from underneath your finger, producing a vibration. This technique can also be performed without plucking, by simply placing a finger on a string on any fret, and again pulling the string slightly until it releases.

Pull-offs are as simple as that, but here are a few tips to develop proper technique:

  • Pull-offs are quick motions with as little bending as possible.
  • Sometimes, new guitarists will find pull-offs painful on their fingers; if this is the case, continue practicing other techniques until your calluses develop.
  • As you practice scales, mix pull-offs into your picking.
  • Often, a player will simply lift the finger straight off, as opposed to pulling it off. This will not keep the string in vibration, and the 2nd note will not ring out.

Pull Offs Notation

Pull-off notations in music are different for published tablature, Internet tablature and standard music.

Published tablature in books and magazines usually have a curved line over or under the notes involved in the pull-off. Sometimes there is a “P” as well.

Pull-offs between two notes in internet tablature are represented by either a “p”, “^”, or both. The “^” is used for both hammer-ons and pull-offs, but you can tell the difference between a pull-off and a hammer-on by looking at the second note. If the 2nd note is lower than the 1st note, then it is a pull-off.

Similar to published tablature, standard notation uses an arc, but does not include the “P”.

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