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post Apr 30 2008, 11:33 PM
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Hi to all GMCer,

im very frustrated at the moment and i need your help.

I started playing guitar a few years ago. It started with a accustic guitar and some fingerpicking. Two years ago i bought a gibson les paul studio with seymour duncan pickups. My amp is an vox ad30vt.
I didnt play constantly and with a system - just when i had the time and the mood for it. I never had a teacher and i learned everything i know from books.

A few months ago i decided to beginn learning seriously (thats why im here :-)) and i bought a effectpedal, the marshall distortion pedal guvnour because i like this oldscool southernrock sound and want to concentrate on some rock.

Well, i thought, that my playing is not so bad. After playing with the pedal i know better.
It is very bad!!!

Now i realise, that the problem is not in playing chords, rhytm, scales or simple solos.
The problem is to play it clean. In other words - my problem is the muting.

Im not able to keep the notplayed strings quiet.
I fail with everything i try. I know that it takes time to get the perfect technique - but how?
Its fine when i play powerchords. But when i play some appregios on the e, a and d string or when i play solos i cant keep the higher strings quiet. Specially the high e string. For example: when i play joes lesson muted appregios i always have some noise from the hight e string. sad.gif
I try to mute the strings with the palm of my right hand but when playing the e, a and d string i heighten the palm just enough that the high e string is not muted anymore.

Please, please, can you tell me: How do you mute?
Please give me some instructions. I searched all the lessons but i couldnt find a lesson where its explained how to mute. Maybe an Instructor can make a lesson about muting. But with explanation and not just playing.

Thank you
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post Apr 30 2008, 11:37 PM
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It is essential to mute both with your left and your right hand to avhieve a clean sound. Use your palm to mute the lower strings and slightly touch the higher strings with the finger youre fretting with to keep them from ringing.


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post May 1 2008, 01:29 AM
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It becomes second nature after a while......keep practicing. That is all, over and out.

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post May 1 2008, 02:37 AM
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You have to mute the strings with your left hand. For example if you fret the B string you must mute the high E with your finger the you're fretting by gently going across high E. When you practice it is important to always keep in mind muting, all the time - all the notes.

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post May 1 2008, 02:37 AM
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Of course you have to develop technique, but you can also rely on equipment to part of the job for you.

When I play in POD X3 Live, and have a dirty sound, I move the threshold of the gate to a value closer to zero (they are negative). That cleans the sound, and I do that until I still have the senstivity I want for the song. The rest of the muting comes from the hand then, but it is way easier if you have some help of equipment.

In other words, go to a shop and test a noise gate pedal with a very distorted sound and the things you can't play without noise. You will probably buy it... wink.gif

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