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Discuss the Banjo lesson: How to Play Pull-Offs

Hi. I have been taking lessons locally for 2 years and am very happy with the results. I started from the beginning with your lessons, as a way of getting a different perspective on everything. I just completed your Pull Offs instruction. I was taught that there is a simple “UP” pull off, which amounts to a similar sound as a HAMMER ON but the other way or a “FLIP” pull off, where you ‘hook’ the string as you taught. Is this just another perspective from another banjo player?


I’m of the opinion that you should be able to pull UP or DOWN (I call both of them pull-offs, but some call the UP movement a push-off). I believe you’ll need both to be a complete banjo picker though you’ll get in the habit of doing one more than the other.

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I have a habit of pulling down on open strings and pushing up on fretted strings. Just feels natural to me.