Adrian Allan wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:47 pm
Make sure you land on the string below with the pull off finger.
Think of it as a "rest stroke" with the left hand.
A couple of other things to try, one of which is a modification on what Adrian suggested:
1. Make sure the string is not moving even slightly while doing the pull-off. You may have to apply just enough counter-force with the anchor finger to counteract any tendency by the pulloff finger to move the string with it in the same direction. What I mean is not to apply more pressure into the fretboard with the anchor finger, but to push "up" slightly toward the bass strings just enough to cancel out any small force from the pull-off finger pushing the string down toward the treble strings.
2. As an exercise, when pulling-off, don't just aim to rest the finger at the next string "down", but aim to "climb down" from the string you are pulling off of, like trying to snap it and land "into the fretboard". Obviously you are not sinking the pulloff finger into the fretboard literally, but I find that thinking about doing that changes its force direction subtly so that the pull-off is snappier and better defined. You are probably still going to touch the next string down. However rather than simply aim to move the finger parallel to the fretboard from one string to the one down, think about snapping the first string and landing on the fretboard below. Well, when you think about it, this is a bit more like a rest stroke because with the right hand a rest stroke has a downward component too.
You can combine these. In my experience, you should see an almost immediate difference in the ease and quality of the pulloffs.
Lastly, especially with the 4th finger, you just have to exercise it to build up its strength and the brain's neural machinery for moving it independently and efficiently.