Sick Riffs: Daniel Miller of They Might Be Giants teaches you a pull-off technique that might just change your songwriting

Sick Riffs #85: Alt-rockers They Might Be Giants are known for their infectious sense of humor and knack for conjuring interesting arrangements, to say the least.

Guitarist Daniel Miller joins us for today's episode of Sick Riffs, and he's here to teach you a rather interesting pull-off technique that may just change the way you approach songwriting. This technique is used in some of the band's most notable hits, including Damn Good Times and Istanbul (Not Constantinople).

Miller plays a 1977 Martin HD-28 acoustic guitar to showcase this potentially life-changing approach - however, you can use an electric guitar if it happens to be your weapon of choice.

"With Coronavirus I've made it a habit spending 8 hours a day trying to practice for 15 minutes," Miller says, putting an optimistic spin on the impact of COVID-19.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.