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Example Four
There is a lot going on in this example. In the first measure we are playing a double thumb on the first string fifth fret followed by two quarter notes. In the second measure we have a pull-off followed by a single note and a frailing strum.
The count is 1& 2& 3 4, 1& 2 3 4&.
Example Five
There is only one double thumb in this example, but look at how we are using it right in the middle of a string of eighth notes.
The count is 1& 2& 3& 4&, 1& 2 3 4&.
Example Six
In this example we are mixing in the double thumb with pull-offs and a slide.
The count is 1& 2& 3& 4&, 1& 2& 3 4&.






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