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post Aug 27 2008, 10:19 AM
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I am having a problem. When playing riffs that have a somewhat stacatto sound, I am hearing a sort of boomy sound rather than silence when I try to mute. Does that make sense??? I have tried playing with the noise gate on my rig but when I get the sound I am looking for, my tone is sucking. rolleyes.gif It must a technique thing. Help!


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post Aug 27 2008, 10:50 AM
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Do you mute only with your left hand? You could possibly be producing harmonics. Try to mute with the right as well.


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post Aug 27 2008, 11:29 AM
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A noisegate can for sure help in such cases, but of course if you set it too extreme it can also kill your tone, so you should be careful with this. As Ivan already said muting is the key. I would also suggest you try muting the strings with both hands if only palm muting doesn't do the job. It can be a bit tricky in the beginning if you are only used to mute with your right hand, but it can be a big help.


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post Aug 27 2008, 11:46 AM
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Thanks guys, I will spend some time on using both hands. happy.gif


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post Aug 27 2008, 12:19 PM
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Just an idea, have you checked you are not playing with reverb? Turn it off or it might be that what you are hearing.


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Good point, effects can have a bad influence on your sound too of course if they are overused. Many people tend to play with way too much distortion, it only results ina very muddy unprecise sound, and it gives you a lot of noise when you are not playing, so check your settings too, it might help.


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post Aug 28 2008, 04:13 PM
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QUOTE (Toroso @ Aug 27 2008, 05:19 AM) *
I am having a problem. When playing riffs that have a somewhat stacatto sound, I am hearing a sort of boomy sound rather than silence when I try to mute. Does that make sense??? I have tried playing with the noise gate on my rig but when I get the sound I am looking for, my tone is sucking. rolleyes.gif It must a technique thing. Help!


I have a lot of issues with getting that staccato effect on riffs. When I mute a chord with my left hand, I tend to use the fingers that I'm not using to fret notes. I'm still working on my hand control, so a lot of the time instead of just muting the strings, I press a little too hard and kinda fret the strings instead of just muting them. Especially on on the Ibanez since it's set up a lot lower than the ESP.


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post Aug 28 2008, 08:20 PM
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You can play with a mute string in your first fret. Until you figure what is wrong. Many players does this to play some two hand tapping like Guthrie Govan or Greg Howe, T.J Helmerich and Michael Angelo.
Of course is not the best way but I think is better than playing with too much Noise Gate.
I hope it was helpful.
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