#1
So I've watched various people perform this on a video (fast, not slow) but I'm still not understanding the basics of how to "pull off the string". Hammer-on's seem quite intuitive, if I just played a note on fret 5 using the B string with my index finger, then I drop my third finger down on the 8th fret with the very tip and strike the B string at that location.

So a pull-off would be to lower my third finger with the skin kinda hanging on, letting the meaty portion of the tip of my finger (which is now calloused) play that string.

But since the callous on my third finger is different than the callous on my second finger, I get a hard "TWANG" cause the string catches the callous really hard on 2nd finger, vs a "t w i n k" when using my pinky since it's less calloused and the string doesn't hang on as long.

So how do I balance those out? Am I approaching the technique incorrectly?
#2
as you pull off, you need to do a slight bend in the string, just a little one so when you pull your finger off (in the same direction as the bend) the string vibrates more.
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#3
I didn't really understand your way of doing them, so I'll just tell you how I do them.

1. Put first finger on fifth fret as if to play the fifth fret.
2. Without removing first finger, place third finger on eighth fret as if to play the eighth fret.
3. Play the eighth fret, then pull your third finger off the string diagonally. Don't just pull the finger straight up and off the string, do it at a 60 degree angle so that you almost pluck the string. Make sure when you're doing this you don't make the adjacent strings sound.
4. Just keep practicing until you get it right.
#4
picture:



notice the very small bend just before i pull it off?
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#5
^I find it easier to sort of 'flick' my pulling finger sideways.
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#7
Kind of like Logz said, you have to bend slightly with your pulling finger, but mainly so that the string kinds snaps off of your pulling finger, and this causes it to sound the note better at your remaining finger.
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#8
Sorry, we're actually doing the same thing, just describing it differently, and I only realised when i saw your picture which for some reason doesn't appear for me, I quoted you and found the pic that way.
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Sorry, we're actually doing the same thing, just describing it differently, and I only realised when i saw your picture which for some reason doesn't appear for me, I quoted you and found the pic that way.



Ahh, cool. No worries
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#10
Once again, here is my "Pulloff Clinic"


Here's something I posted somewhere else about doing pulloffs, maybe it will help....


In my opinion, the pulloff is the fretting hand move that requires the MOST
sublime coordination of hand muscles. As such, I think most people do it
wrong. The symptoms are generally a really cramped hand from excess
tension, weak sound from just lifting the finger off the string (not pulling),
and difficulty getting it rythmically correct and controlled.

I'll try to describe the right way of doing it and some exercises that will help
develop this move. Hammers & pulloffs are a very important part of playing,
particularly in soloing. Therefore doing a pulloff correctly is important.
As an aside, a series of hammer and pulloffs, using only the fretting hand is
generally known as legato -- because of the smooth nature of the note
sequence.

One thing I won't cover too much is overall good technique of how to fret.
That would be a whole article in itself. Suffice to say, you should be playing
on your finger tips and have a relaxed hand and arm. I will offer one really
great tip though: If your arm is relaxed you can let the weight of your
arm DO MOST OF THE FRETTING PRESSURE FOR YOU! There's no need to
squeeze the hell out of the strings with your fingers. Your finger tips
should be simply directing this pressure where you want. Let gravity do the
work!


OK, on to pulloffs....


I will diagram the case where one finger is fretting a string and another
finger is pulling off and releasing. You can off course pulloff to an open
string and that's a bit easier to do. The first, fretting finger I'll call the
holding finger and the second the pulling finger. Don't think the holding
finger just plonks down on the string without doing much else -- it's very
dynamic thru the pulloff.

For demonstration, I'll use a 3 - 1 pulloff. That's where your index finger,
1, is the holding finger and your ring finger, 3, is the pulling finger.

Find a comfortable spot on the neck and use one of the middle strings and
place your 1 and 3 fingers LIGHTLY on the strings, on the fingertips, with
just enough pressure to fret the string. Now, SLOWLY start to increase
pressure on your pulling, 3 finger, downward. The movement should be
like you're trying to touch the tip of your finger to the base of your
finger where it meets your palm. As you do this, INCREASE PRESSURE WITH
YOUR HOLDING FINGER IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, UPWARDS. You
HAVE to do this so the string isn't pulled downwards (and pitch is altered).
This is often overlooked.

OK, we now have the 3 finger applying downwards pressure to pull the string,
and the 1 finger applying upward pressure to keep the string forces opposing.
The string is now pulled out of it's usual position a little bit. Stop and notice
how little force this really takes (if you're relaxed). Now, just rotate your
pulling finger tip just a little. Enought to release the string. As this
happens relax the upward pressure from your holding finger. You need
just enough force to keep the string fretted and note ringing. Your pulling
finger should be lightly resting on the fretboard between the string you
just pulled and the next string.

Did you get a noticeable TWANG when you released the pulling finger,
and a nicely ringing tone from the holding finger's note? If so, congrats!
You basically did it right. Keep practicing that and notice how little
force it takes to get it right. Use other finger combinations to practice
this move.

That's the basic pulloff. But, of course, you eventually want to start to be
able to play that fast. That's where you'll start needing some hand &
finger strength. HOWEVER, don't try and muscle through excess tension
when you try and play fast. Always, start slow and keep the above exercise
in mind -- the actual movement itself doesn't require a lot of force if you're
relaxed and execute it properly.

There's some exercises I like to do the help me build up accuracy, speed,
finger independance and strength for pulloffs. Generally I will practice
using TRILLS. This is basically a sequence of hammer & pull combinations.

For example:

h-3-p-1-h-3-p-1-h-3.....

Basically hammer on with 3, pull to 1, hammer 3 pull 1, and so on. In solos
these are usually done really fast to get a kind of "trilling" effect. You
should do these with a metronome to make sure you're in time and start
SLOW. Making sure you're doing the pulloff correctly.

This is a great sequence for finger independence and strength. It's really
HARD to begin with so start slow. You should be able to do it on ALL strings

2 - 1, 3 - 1, 4 - 1, 3 - 1, 3 - 2, 4 - 2, 4 - 3, 4 - 2

Each of the combinations is a trill, repeated 4 times. So 2 - 1 equals
2 - 1 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 1


Well, I guess that's about all I'll put in for exercises. There's lots more you
can do and find on the net. Also, check out Troy Stetina's "Speed
Mechanics for Lead Guitar" which has lots of great exercises in it.

Good luck!
#11
Also, check out Troy Stetina's "Speed
Mechanics for Lead Guitar" which has lots of great exercises in it.


Yep, already bought it. Thanks everyone for your HUUUGE help in learning pull offs. You guys absolutely, totally rock.
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^I find it easier to sort of 'flick' my pulling finger sideways.


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#13
haha, omg ... i have been playing guitar for about 10 months, and until i read this thread i have been doing pull offs wrong!!! i have just been lifting my finger off when i pick the string. and there i was thinking "Gee, why does my pull off sound so quiet?" lol. well this has given light onto the reason. i must try this out as soon as i can ^_^
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