A technique where a finger on the fretting hand quickly releases a string, allowing the note to be played without the need for picking.

Pull-offs are an essential technique in guitar playing, used to create smooth and connected legato passages without the need for individual pick strokes. By quickly releasing pressure on a string while maintaining contact, the fretting hand can sound a lower note without the picking hand having to strike the string again. Pull-offs can be used in various musical contexts, such as melodic lines, chord embellishments, or fast, intricate runs.

Developing clean and consistent pull-offs requires practice, focusing on finger strength, dexterity, and coordination between the picking and fretting hands. Mastering pull-offs can greatly enhance a guitarist’s musical vocabulary, allowing for more expressive and dynamic performances across various genres and styles.

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