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How To Perform a Pull-Off

Guitar Technique Lessons

What Are Pull-Offs?

Pull-offs are a super common guitar technique that adds additional flavor to your playing. They are often used alongside hammer-ons as part of the legato technique. 

Musical Example:

For a sample of what this can sound like in a musical context, check out the intro to “The Spirit of Radio” by Rush.

Featured Lesson

To learn the basics of pull-offs check out this lesson by Nate Savage from Guitareo.


Important takeaways from the lesson are:

  • Playing a scale “legato” style (with hammer-ons and pull-offs) (0:30) 
  • The technique behind a pull-off (2:15)
  • “Picking” the note with your pull-off finger (2:40)
  • Pairing the pull-off with a simultaneous hammer-on (3:10)
  • Mixing hammer-ons with pull-offs exercise (3:30)


Acoustic Guitar Pull-Offs

Tony Polecastro of Acoustic Life shows the pull-off technique with an acoustic guitar.


Heavy Pull-Offs

Alex Skolnik of Testament showing his hammer-on and pull-off technique.

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