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Old 09-04-2019, 12:32 PM
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Default Practicing string muting

Palm muting is the easy part. Muting with an individual picking hand finger or a fretting hand finger is more challenging for me. Rick posted a link to a video that talked about it. Anyone have other good links or tips? This technique is going to take a lot of patience to learn.

I'm thinking maybe I should compose my own etudes that have the "baby steps" of the technique.
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Palm muting is the easy part. Muting with an individual picking hand finger ....
And you would want to do this because...? Just trying to understand your motivation behind this...
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Old 09-04-2019, 02:43 PM
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I do this level of string muting a lot, but like the centipede, I have a much harder time explaining it than doing it.

I find that for single strings, it is easier to mute with the fretting hand - as far as I can tell, I lift my left hand finger *slightly* in order to mute. Or if I need to mute an unplayed adjacent string, I will often angle a fretting finger so that it lightly touches (and mutes) the unwanted string.

Quite often I am muting the 5th string in chord voicings as I subscribe to the classic arrangement approach of keeping the bass range uncluttered and putting any close voiced clusters into the treble end.

Combining right hand palm muting with left hand finger muting is super powerful and can really clean up your sound.
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I do this level of string muting a lot, but like the centipede, I have a much harder time explaining it than doing it.

I find that for single strings, it is easier to mute with the fretting hand - as far as I can tell, I lift my left hand finger *slightly* in order to mute. Or if I need to mute an unplayed adjacent string, I will often angle a fretting finger so that it lightly touches (and mutes) the unwanted string.

Quite often I am muting the 5th string in chord voicings as I subscribe to the classic arrangement approach of keeping the bass range uncluttered and putting any close voiced clusters into the treble end.

Combining right hand palm muting with left hand finger muting is super powerful and can really clean up your sound.
Thanks Gordon. Its going to be worth the effort.
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Keep practicing, Barry. I agree with Gordon that muting techniques give you more options on how to choose the combination of notes that you want to ring out and can add to a cleaner sound.

I have a guitar playing friend who masters muting much better than me and I can definitely hear the difference.

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Old 09-06-2019, 06:10 AM
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Keep practicing, Barry. I agree with Gordon that muting techniques give you more options on how to choose the combination of notes that you want to ring out and can add to a cleaner sound.

I have a guitar playing friend who masters muting much better than me and I can definitely hear the difference.

Best,
Jayne
I have several slow tunes I can work on and this technique at the same time. It should be interesting to see if I can do this.
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I wish more people would learn string muting with their fretting hand (and thumb!) I hear players who are pretty good with open E or A strings getting hit regularly for chords/keys where they just don't fit.
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