Question About Muting With The Fretting Hand
 Feb 3 2008, 12:37 PM Post #1 GMC:er Group: Members Posts: 13 Joined: 8-December 07 Member No.: 3.475 Hallo PavelFirst of all thank you for your lessons - In order to get such a clean playing with the elimination of the noise - do you use your fretting hand to mute? I know you said in a legato lesson that you use your index finger to mute the string above the one you are playing and the strings under!?But what i really wanted to know was if you then mute adjecent strings with the other three finger one fretting handi any situations. In your legato lesson you said to play with the fingertips so i guess wenn you play legato you just use the index finger to mute on the fretting hand?I then saw your lesson on sweep picking and you described a sweep tutorial to someone in there but i didn't understand quit because there you described to use the fretting hand to mute. But do you use other fingers than your index to mute on the fretting hand when playing sweep? And in generally which situations do you then use your fretting hand fingers to mute? I mean the situations where you use the three other fingers except than the index finger which i know you use - if you use the three other fingers at all.Hope you understand And thank you very much.Greetings Michael C
 Feb 3 2008, 02:24 PM Post #2 Instructor Group: Passive Posts: 3.764 Joined: 8-January 07 From: Rijeka, Croatia Member No.: 1.055 Hey buddy!You got some things wrong: with your fretting hand you mute only the strings BELOW the one you are fretting. Sweeping is a whole new dimension of muting because it's really fast and you have a lot of things going on so you need both left and right hand to work on it.Muting always works like this: with your left hand you mute the strings below the one you play, and with the right hand you mute all the strings above the one you play. Of course you can't take it as 2+2=4 because sometimes it will be 2+2=3, you know what i mean? Playing is more than just a formula to follow. There are always exceptions and you'll find it with time and experience Please shoot more questions if this was not enough -------------------- "It isn't how many years you have been playing, it's how many hours." -- Prashant Aswani"PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!" -- Michael Angelo BatioCheck out my video lessons and instructor board!
 Feb 3 2008, 03:38 PM Post #3 GMC:er Group: Members Posts: 13 Joined: 8-December 07 Member No.: 3.475 QUOTE (Pavel @ Feb 3 2008, 02:24 PM) Hey buddy!You got some things wrong: with your fretting hand you mute only the strings BELOW the one you are fretting. Sweeping is a whole new dimension of muting because it's really fast and you have a lot of things going on so you need both left and right hand to work on it.Muting always works like this: with your left hand you mute the strings below the one you play, and with the right hand you mute all the strings above the one you play. Of course you can't take it as 2+2=4 because sometimes it will be 2+2=3, you know what i mean? Playing is more than just a formula to follow. There are always exceptions and you'll find it with time and experience Please shoot more questions if this was not enough Hi again.I did not quite understand. When you mention left hand muting. Do you mean the index finger of the left hand or do you use other fingers on the left hand to mute but the index finger??? That was really what I wanted to know. Because I have seen people surgest to let all of the left hand hand fingers touch the adjecent strings and it seems to me very clumsy to my fingers also.
 Feb 3 2008, 06:09 PM Post #4 Instructor Group: Passive Posts: 3.764 Joined: 8-January 07 From: Rijeka, Croatia Member No.: 1.055 Actually it's quite naturally so you don't have to pay some extra attention to it. If you fret a note you will notice that the index finger is touching all the strings below the one you play -------------------- "It isn't how many years you have been playing, it's how many hours." -- Prashant Aswani"PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!" -- Michael Angelo BatioCheck out my video lessons and instructor board!

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