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Pull Offs/Tapping

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blackholesun  
11 Jan 2008 07:50 | Quote
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I've been working quite a bit on my lead playing recently, and I've encounted a problem when I pull off on the higher strings. The bottom strings are ok, but on the higher strings, because they are thinner, you have to give the string a little flick as you pull off to sound the note, but as I flick the string I always seem to catch the adjacent string at the same time. This also occurs when I do two hand tapping on the B string and below. Does anyone have any tips or hints to help me, or is it just a case of taking things real slow until I can do it cleanly? Anyone got any awesome exercises to improve legato? Thanks in advance.
simon73  
11 Jan 2008 10:24 | Quote
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The thinner the string is the hard it will become to pull off. A tip that I taught myself many years ago was to use a cloth to mute all the strings now try that. But, if you are going straight for it like I think you are and getting unwanted string noise what I do is the following.

is to rest my picking hand up against the bridge just like a karat chop then I notice for some reason my fingers curl the flesh of my picking hand now mutes the unwanted strings

Just nearly forgot. You are quite right take your time but I still feel that muting the strings with a cloth tied around all the first threat is much better. Some players I am one myself use the right hand (picking hand) to mute the string whilst doing pull offs. Once more as your are practising tapping use the technique I have offered you and you will notice that it works very well

I would say use the pinky finger that the little finger get it use to work as it builds up strength.

Tapping use the middle finger

Use a rag, duster, tea towel or your right hand (but later on it will drop off) to mute all the strings helping you to become a better legato player and tapping as well

When tapping keep the pick in your hand I do

What you will find is that after you finish with the cloth around all the strings you will soon notice that your fingers become more positive when playing chords and the like

If I can think of anything else I will post some techniques up for you.

Sorry my English is rather bad if you don't understand anything please get in touch with me
Guitarslinger124  
11 Jan 2008 15:06 | Quote
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i agree with simon...try muting the strings...what used to do is put a cotton wrist band just over the nut of the guitar but not protruding onto the first fret. I added a tapping lick to the licks section that should solve your problem.
simon73  
11 Jan 2008 18:27 | Quote
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Cheers Slinger just thought of another way some guitar players use a girl headband along time ago (showing my age now) you use to be able to get terry cloth) to help mute the strings you not tapping on. Only problem is with this type of technique is that you can no longer play open strings. Oh well can't have it both ways

blackholesun  
11 Jan 2008 21:06 | Quote
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Cheers, I'll try those things.
league  
12 Jan 2008 03:12 | Quote
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To avoid touching unwanted strings,you should try muting the strings with your fretting hand.Kinda like in a barre chord.Palm muting also works. I use a combination of both because I recently had the same problem with finger tapping.
Doz  
12 Jan 2008 11:40 | Quote
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I use the palm of my picking hand.
GuitarBoy666  
16 Jan 2008 19:47 | Quote
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Oh yeahI have like the same problem. I try the muting with pick hand thing too
simon73  
17 Jan 2008 07:13 | Quote
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Much of the help can be found when I answer the question. It just a case of using a rag to tie around the neck. Then and only then once you are happy to what the guitar strings sound like when playing without the unwanted strings should you try and use the palm. Rest the heel of your picking hand lightly on the strings as you go down leaving a gap so the string you are playing will ring out. Best to use a scale that you know to try this and use different picking styles as well.

I am hoping to do a lesson on this with some pictures to help but be sure to look at the lesson page every now and again


Yours

Simon


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