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smrt173
post Oct 29 2007, 10:02 PM
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How do you guys mute the strings so as to prevent noise..
I get A LOT of noise when playing solos and licks....
They are very annoying especially in overdrive settings
Can you good people explain how to effectively mute the strings as you are playing them...
Do you use the left hand fingers and/or right hand fingers and how do you go about doing them in such a short time ( between string skips and everything else )


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steve25
post Oct 29 2007, 10:32 PM
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With your fretting hand, try and have your index finger touching the lower string next to it to reduce noise, it should also be curled down resting of the higher strings next to it so it stops those rining out as well. This can seem unnatural at first but will soon just sink in and will do it without you realising.

For your picking hand, it should be rest across the lower string which you aren't playing to mute those, and move up and down depending on what strings you are playing so you don't mute the string oyu want to play, and mute the string you've moved from. Hope this helps
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post Oct 30 2007, 11:41 PM
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That is a pretty good explanation Steve. I too pretty much always have my picking hand palm resting over the low strings - infact any strings im not playing. This i find suitable dampens unused strings.


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post Oct 31 2007, 05:54 AM
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Hey Matt thanks, yeah this is how it's done. And to make totally sure i do it with my fretting hand as well. Sort of gives me like a double muting or something, so the string has no chance of ringing out
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post Oct 31 2007, 05:57 AM
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QUOTE (steve25 @ Oct 31 2007, 04:54 AM) *
Hey Matt thanks, yeah this is how it's done. And to make totally sure i do it with my fretting hand as well. Sort of gives me like a double muting or something, so the string has no chance of ringing out


This is definatly one the "must" skills for all players. Sounds like you have the technique down!!!


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post Oct 31 2007, 06:01 AM
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QUOTE (steve25 @ Oct 30 2007, 11:54 PM) *
Hey Matt thanks, yeah this is how it's done. And to make totally sure i do it with my fretting hand as well. Sort of gives me like a double muting or something, so the string has no chance of ringing out

Yeah, i found that the left hand Index finger, if you have barre chords down already. It naturally mutes the higher strings. As the lower strings though. Its easy. Just place your palm on the strings, and move with it. Its not to hard to get down in the beginning, and I really havent had any problems with string noise, but the problem is with muting. When you get into shred, and string skipping. Thats when it gets kind of difficult!! But really for me. It all really came natural.

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