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      Melanie Yare

      As a 70 year old beginner of the banjo I am really enjoying these lessons. I can manage the slides and hammer-on BUT the Pull-Offs I am finding really difficult. Maybe I am not holding the first note down hard enough (I am female and perhaps don’t have the necessary strength ). Any tips? Apart from that I am loving the banjo!

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        If you want to email me a quick video of you playing I can take a look at your technique.

        It could be that you’re not holding down the second note with enough pressure.

        A lot of times though, I’ve found students actually aren’t giving the first note in the hammer-on/pull-off enough value.

        You need to hear the first note clearly so you have somewhere to either hammer-on or pull-off too.

        I’d try giving the first note a little more value and then yes, you need to keep the pressure down on your other finger.

        But it shouldn’t take too much strength or pressure.

        Feel free to send a video though and I can offer some specific feedback.

        – Mike

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