Question on pull off technique

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Question on pull off technique

Post by SteveL123 » Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:03 am

When playing pull offs, are you suppose to do the pull off as a rest stroke or is it ok to pull off as a free stroke? By rest stroke I mean the finger doing the pull off lands on the adjacent string. Free stroke the finger lands in mid air (the way I've always done it).

Here's a video of me practicing measures 11-12 BWV1001 where there's a few pull offs in 12. It took a bit of work when I was figuring out the fingerings. Can you tell me if I'm doing anything wrong? What do I need to do to improve it?


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Re: Question on pull off technique

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:55 am

Depending on context, be able to use both techniques; but like RH tirando, the 'free' version is the one you must have.
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Re: Question on pull off technique

Post by Larry McDonald » Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:09 pm

I use the "rest-stroke" pull-off as a teaching aid, but rarely use it in performance. As Maestro Kenyon writes, you must have the "tirando" (free-stroke) type.

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