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post Jun 26 2007, 05:29 PM
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Hey shredders,

I'm working on playing the song "the man who sold the world" (nirvana unplugged version) and I noticed in the tab their are sections where the chord being strummed has the symbol 'X' over the chord notes. From what I understand, these notes should be played but with the left hand fingers resting lightly on the strings to produce a percussive effect. This is fairly simple when playing barre chords since all the strings are fretted and you only have to relax the chord, but with open strings its more challenging. If you just relax the open chord, say an A major, when you strum it the open strings ring out and it sounds horrible.

Has anyone come up with a good way to manage this?

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post Jun 26 2007, 07:16 PM
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you can either switch from the open chord to resting your pinky on all 6 strings to make sure they are all muted that way. or you can just try to add enough palm muting to hopefully get by.i would think that when you are supposed to be creating that noise you do actually have to release the chord and mute ALL of the strings it says to, i guess you just have to decide which finger(s) to use to get the desired effect.
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post Jun 26 2007, 09:18 PM
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QUOTE (Thibbledworf @ Jun 26 2007, 02:16 PM) *
you can either switch from the open chord to resting your pinky on all 6 strings to make sure they are all muted that way. or you can just try to add enough palm muting to hopefully get by.i would think that when you are supposed to be creating that noise you do actually have to release the chord and mute ALL of the strings it says to, i guess you just have to decide which finger(s) to use to get the desired effect.


hey Thibbledworf, thanks for the ideas. been experimenting what you said and it sounds a whole lot better already.
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post Jun 27 2007, 06:45 PM
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i was gonna post a topic about this vs Palm Muting, for me it sounds the same..but im not sure if i still should be doing this.


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post Jun 28 2007, 08:15 AM
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Alright for me, When i was first starting out. I learned the song Broken by: Seether Ft. Amy Lee. And the Strummed chord in it is well i dont know what kind of chord it is laugh.gif ,but what i did. Was instead of having yoru fingers straight up and only fretting what needs to be fretted. I used my left hand, and muted my left finger at more of angle. On the string thats suppose to be an (x). I dont know if it will work for the chord your trying to do, but maybe it will. Heres some pictures of what i mean
This is without muting!!![b]
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[b]This is with the muted note or the (x)!!

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Hope this helps!!


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post Jun 28 2007, 02:20 PM
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Don't get confused between dead notes and unplayed strings ...

I'm not familiar with the exact song in question, but when showing chord shapes, if the X is right at the top of the string it means don't play it!

By contrast, if the X is in a regular position on the tab it means a dead note as you guys have been discussing.


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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Jun 28 2007, 07:20 AM) *
Don't get confused between dead notes and unplayed strings ...

I'm not familiar with the exact song in question, but when showing chord shapes, if the X is right at the top of the string it means don't play it!

By contrast, if the X is in a regular position on the tab it means a dead note as you guys have been discussing.



andrew, is there any difference doing palm muting instead of dampening the strings with your left hand? is it better if i practice both , does it make any difference? i might post a lick to explain what i mean,


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QUOTE (FretDancer69 @ Jun 28 2007, 10:18 PM) *
andrew, is there any difference doing palm muting instead of dampening the strings with your left hand? is it better if i practice both , does it make any difference? i might post a lick to explain what i mean,


Whatever gets the job done really - you need to palm mute for strings above what you are playing and left hand mute for strings below (as in the higher pitched strings)

Combinations of the above usually do the trick.


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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Jun 28 2007, 08:28 PM) *
Whatever gets the job done really - you need to palm mute for strings above what you are playing and left hand mute for strings below (as in the higher pitched strings)

Combinations of the above usually do the trick.



I see. Thanks alot Andrew.


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