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VetRyan
post Aug 31 2011, 10:01 PM
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New to guitar master but have been playing for a about 5 years-ish. My problem is that every time my fingers come off of a string the string will ring/play unintended and for the most part i can hide it but when a strings are played individually it becomes very obvious. Any help would be great.

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Sinisa Cekic
post Aug 31 2011, 10:13 PM
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Welcome to GMC RYan smile.gif !
There are so many possible problems that interfere with you, and we have to start somewhere.
To be able to help you, give us some more information: what strings you use (gauge), what is the action between the strings and neck, maybe the setup is wrong ,maybe you use too much distortion, the string is the most sensitive in that case..


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post Sep 1 2011, 01:24 AM
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QUOTE (Sinisa Cekic @ Aug 31 2011, 09:13 PM) *
Welcome to GMC RYan smile.gif !
There are so many possible problems that interfere with you, and we have to start somewhere.
To be able to help you, give us some more information: what strings you use (gauge), what is the action between the strings and neck, maybe the setup is wrong ,maybe you use too much distortion, the string is the most sensitive in that case..


Thanks for the reply.

Strings that i use are Dean Markley .10, action I couldn't tell you due to not having the tools ( I didn't set it up). Im fairly sure distortion is not the issue because it happens on the clean channel and even when not plugged in. Thanks for the help
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Ben Higgins
post Sep 1 2011, 09:27 AM
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Hi, and welcome to GMC smile.gif

Interesting topic title.. when I read it I thought 'Have I irritated somebody ?' laugh.gif

Ok, this sounds like an issue of muting the strings. Do you play with your left hand at an angle or is it parallel to the strings in a 'classical' position ?

Also, your picking hand has a lot of influence when it comes to muting unwanted string noise. If your right hand isn't covering the strings well enough then any open strings that are sounded will ring out.

What sort of licks do you notice this with ? Does it happen on licks where you are moving from higher strings to lower strings ? Legato licks ? Picking ?

One thing I do to try and make my left hand as accurate as possible is to fret the strings very lightly, putting hardly any pressure on at all. If you concentrate on putting your fingers in the correct position, as relaxed as possible and with minimum movement then you will train your hand to move more efficiently. Also, slow the licks down and identify the correct movements needed to play that lick. If you finger is coming off the string too hard then concentrate on reducing that effect.

When you do this, look at your right hand and see if it's covering the unused strings. If you're playing a lick on the E & B strings, then you want to have the side of your hand muting all the strings from G and below. Even though you're leaving E & B uncovered, your hand should still be hovering near enough so that you could quickly mute them with your hand if you need to.

Try playing everything with palm muting (yes, even the higher strings) and then gradually start unmuting certain notes and see if you can keep it all sounding clean. It just takes practice. It's a combination of right hand muting and left hand accuracy. smile.gif

If you have the ability to record some quick videos of you playing something that would be great, but no worries if not.


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post Sep 1 2011, 08:20 PM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Sep 1 2011, 08:27 AM) *
Hi, and welcome to GMC smile.gif

Interesting topic title.. when I read it I thought 'Have I irritated somebody ?' laugh.gif

Ok, this sounds like an issue of muting the strings. Do you play with your left hand at an angle or is it parallel to the strings in a 'classical' position ?

Also, your picking hand has a lot of influence when it comes to muting unwanted string noise. If your right hand isn't covering the strings well enough then any open strings that are sounded will ring out.

What sort of licks do you notice this with ? Does it happen on licks where you are moving from higher strings to lower strings ? Legato licks ? Picking ?

One thing I do to try and make my left hand as accurate as possible is to fret the strings very lightly, putting hardly any pressure on at all. If you concentrate on putting your fingers in the correct position, as relaxed as possible and with minimum movement then you will train your hand to move more efficiently. Also, slow the licks down and identify the correct movements needed to play that lick. If you finger is coming off the string too hard then concentrate on reducing that effect.

When you do this, look at your right hand and see if it's covering the unused strings. If you're playing a lick on the E & B strings, then you want to have the side of your hand muting all the strings from G and below. Even though you're leaving E & B uncovered, your hand should still be hovering near enough so that you could quickly mute them with your hand if you need to.

Try playing everything with palm muting (yes, even the higher strings) and then gradually start unmuting certain notes and see if you can keep it all sounding clean. It just takes practice. It's a combination of right hand muting and left hand accuracy. smile.gif

If you have the ability to record some quick videos of you playing something that would be great, but no worries if not.



I guess I could have picked a different title tongue.gif

For angle of play i would have to say that I play at an angle instead of classical. I will try some of the suggestions you have made. It seems if I play any single note and let off of the string it will still play open. For the most part this didnt bother me much until I started trying to play solos and in general improving my guitar playing with scales.

Like you said, it is probably most likely technique instead of problem with the instrument itself. So I have started back at the basics with the instructional videos regardless of my playing level because there is obviously much I need to learn. I cant make a video due to not having a functional camera at the moment.

I appreciate your advice and will practice what you have said and give an update later.

Thanks again!
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post Sep 2 2011, 10:31 AM
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No worries, it's why we're here ! smile.gif


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