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post Mar 13 2008, 08:47 PM
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Yo.

I don't get this. Here are some facts:

1) Good bass players often mute the strings they are not playing. This guy surely does:

http://www.studybass.com/lessons/bass-technique/plucking/

2) Some pretty good players play with a pick. Duff McKagan surely does.

3) You can't mute the strings when playing with a pick.

With that said, why do so many people mute strings with their plucking hand when a lot of people do fine playing with a pick(i.e. without right-hand muting)?


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post Mar 14 2008, 01:04 AM
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QUOTE (SinoMan @ Mar 13 2008, 09:47 PM) *
Yo.

I don't get this. Here are some facts:

1) Good bass players often mute the strings they are not playing. This guy surely does:

http://www.studybass.com/lessons/bass-technique/plucking/

2) Some pretty good players play with a pick. Duff McKagan surely does.

3) You can't mute the strings when playing with a pick.

With that said, why do so many people mute strings with their plucking hand when a lot of people do fine playing with a pick(i.e. without right-hand muting)?


Hmm.. why can't you mute the strings when playing with a pick?


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post Mar 14 2008, 11:28 AM
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Of course they mute the strings when playing with a pick.


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post Mar 14 2008, 03:01 PM
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QUOTE (Milenkovic Ivan @ Mar 14 2008, 11:28 AM) *
Of course they mute the strings when playing with a pick.


Ehm, how exactly can you mute the strings when playing with a pick(with your picking hand, that is)?

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post Mar 14 2008, 03:11 PM
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Rest your hand on the strings above the one that you are playing so you get no unwanted noise.


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post Mar 14 2008, 04:27 PM
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QUOTE (SinoMan @ Mar 14 2008, 03:01 PM) *
Ehm, how exactly can you mute the strings when playing with a pick(with your picking hand, that is)?


You can mute when you play with a pick two ways..One is by muting the strings by resting your palm of the right hand on ones that you don't want to ring..Second way is with your right hand (more often used)..Basically you are resting the fingers of your left hand in certain ways to mute the unwanted noises from strings not played..For example you can play on A string by fingering the fret with the index finger of the left hand but in a certain way that index finger is touching the E string too (in order to mute it) while fretting on A string..Same thing goes with other fingers.With some practice and experience it gets automatic to extent where you in the middle of playing go with one left hand finger to almost fret the string that is ringing in order to stop it,or just when moving across the strings with left hand you mute unwanted ones..

Muting is just avoidance of unwanted noises and tones and it makes your playing cleaner.. smile.gif

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post Mar 14 2008, 06:09 PM
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QUOTE (Bogdan @ Mar 14 2008, 04:27 PM) *
Muting is just avoidance of unwanted noises and tones and it makes your playing cleaner.. smile.gif


How is it that I don't need to mute the bassier strings on my guitar?


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post Mar 14 2008, 06:21 PM
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It all depends how you play the instrument and your technique really..You should mute the strings ONLY when YOU HEAR that they are making noises and ringing tones where they should not do that..You don't need to do it all the time as a prevention wink.gif


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QUOTE (Bogdan @ Mar 14 2008, 06:21 PM) *
It all depends how you play the instrument and your technique really..You should mute the strings ONLY when YOU HEAR that they are making noises and ringing tones where they should not do that..You don't need to do it all the time as a prevention wink.gif


When do the strings tend to make unwanted noises?


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QUOTE (SinoMan @ Mar 14 2008, 05:28 PM) *
When do the strings tend to make unwanted noises?

when you make a little mistake and/or knock/nudge the string a little.
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post Mar 14 2008, 06:33 PM
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QUOTE (SinoMan @ Mar 14 2008, 06:28 PM) *
When do the strings tend to make unwanted noises?


Hmm many reasons..Maybe the simplest example on bass would be if you play the open E string with your pick and than switch to playing open D or A string..You will have to somehow stop the open E string from ringing or that would sound awful when you start playing D or A..You make noises by all means , when fretting with left hand , sliding, picking with right hand..Sometimes you have to stop certain notes from ringing in chords.....


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post Mar 14 2008, 06:37 PM
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QUOTE (Bogdan @ Mar 14 2008, 06:33 PM) *
Hmm many reasons..Maybe the simplest example on bass would be if you play the open E string with your pick and than switch to playing open D or A string..You will have to somehow stop the open E string from ringing or that would sound awful when you start playing D or A..You make noises by all means , when fretting with left hand , sliding, picking with right hand..Sometimes you have to stop certain notes from ringing in chords.....


Well that's a good example. What about playing string that are not open? Any way to get unwanted noise when playing single notes?


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post Mar 14 2008, 06:38 PM
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QUOTE (SinoMan @ Mar 14 2008, 06:37 PM) *
Well that's a good example. What about playing string that are not open? Any way to get unwanted noise when playing single notes?


Well you can lift your finger wrongly from the fret you just played and set that string vibrating .. wink.gif


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post Mar 14 2008, 07:14 PM
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Kk thx all.


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post Mar 14 2008, 07:40 PM
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Try to mute every sound that is unwanted, there are numerous different techniques of muting, one could be using your right palm muting while playing with your pick. If you take a guitar and play something with your pick and not mute the strings next to it you will get unwanted noise at some point. So my advice it is best to mute them as much as you can and how you can.


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just wanna say great topic..and thank Bole and every body else for making this subject clear smile.gif


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