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Apr 15, 2024 - 1:40:57 PM
75 posts since 2/8/2024

Please could someone explain what this is referring to?


 

Apr 15, 2024 - 1:56:46 PM
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61 posts since 8/2/2005

Start at the second fret of the 3rd string. Strike the string, pull off so the open string sounds (I for index, though many of use middle). Then strike the string again at the 2nd fret and hammer on to the 4th fret.

Apr 15, 2024 - 1:59:02 PM

11342 posts since 4/23/2004

P for "pull-off"
H for "hammer-on"

These are called "snaps" and "slurs" in the UK, I believe.

Apr 15, 2024 - 2:00:33 PM

75 posts since 2/8/2024

Thanks. Just threw me as the pull off in the previous measure are referred to as PL.

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Apr 15, 2024 - 2:54:46 PM

15219 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Banjo Bolton

Thanks. Just threw me as the pull off in the previous measure are referred to as PL.


"PL" coming after a note on an adjacent open string clearly means something other than a conventional pull-off from a fretted note, articulated by the fretting hand.

Seeing as this is a clawhammer tab, I believe "PL" signifies an "alternate string pluck" (or pull-off), which you'll find described here. It's an apparently common clawhammer technique that we don't use too much in three-finger. You sound the open string by plucking it with an available finger of the fretting hand.

The closest I come to that in three-finger is maybe one Celtic fiddle tune where I sound a note by hammering onto it without first picking the same string open. Sitting here away from my banjo I can't think of why I do that, but I'm sure it solves a logistical problem of finger availability.

Edited by - Old Hickory on 04/15/2024 15:00:43

Apr 15, 2024 - 2:58:32 PM
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6304 posts since 3/11/2006

The "PL" you refer to is a left-hand pluck, better known these days as an "alternate string pull-off" or ASPO .

In the figure immediately following the notes you marked,  strike the open 2nd string with your index (or middle), then use a left-hand finger of your choice to pluck the open 1st string, then downstroke the 2nd string again and pluck the 5th string with your thumb.  In the "bum pa dit ty"  rhythm, the PL is on the "pa".

Apr 25, 2024 - 3:35:04 AM
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banjoboy1935

Scotland

18 posts since 3/22/2011

quote:
Originally posted by trapdoor2

P for "pull-off"
H for "hammer-on"

These are called "snaps" and "slurs" in the UK, I believe.


All the UK banjo pickers without exception understand and use the terms "pull-off" "hammer-on", "slide" and "moonshine"......but some don't understand what is "tuning" (;-). The snaps and slurs are for fiddlers on the moonshine!

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