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String muting...

in PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:06 am
by audioengine • 8 Posts

Hi!
Could anybody give me some guide on how to develop string muting?
Specifically, the intro to this song from 10-26 second mark:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qbBEAlU9GA&feature=related

I can do two string harmony but only if I target that two strings.
However, it loses the funk feel and the "edge and scratchy sound" the muted strings bring to it.

An audio recording can be heard here from the 19 sec mk:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBIF0fCi4_g

Thanks in advance!

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RE: String muting...

in PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:31 am
by uderoche (deleted)
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This type of funky muting comes more from the left hand than the right.

I would start off with simple patterns of 8th notes. 1 an 2 an 3 an 4 an.

Pick a chord. Strum the chord on the 1 2 3 4 but lift your fingers up slightly to mute the strings on the "an."

You want to be able to keep your pick hand moving in time to a rhythm, and get most of the desired effect from lifting up and pressing down with the fretboard hand.

Start slow. Play to a drum track or a metronome. Very slow. 1 an 2 an 3 an 4 an. Then maybe 16ths 1 ee an uh 2 ee an uh etc etc etc

Very slow. Lift up the fretting hand very slightly to mute

It will come along in time.

-U


-Ursin

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RE: String muting...

in PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:35 pm
by audioengine • 8 Posts

Thanks Ursin I'll try it.
I can do it if I stay in a single position.
I keep ringing the other strings when I shift finger positions or move to a different fret.

I hope it comes in time before my usually short patience goes.

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RE: String muting...

in PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:28 pm
by uderoche (deleted)
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Slow it down and try to isolate where the ringing is coming from. Usually with this type of rhythmic percussive strumming, the pick hand is moving freely but there are other more sophisticated muting methods using both hands in tandem (see: Al di Meola).

I would slow it down REAL slow and see where the problems are and then work from there.

Take it slow and move between 2 chords. Then try and add others. Don't try and tackle too much at once or it will (usually) sound like a mess.

Patience and practice are key.

Hang in there.

-U


-Ursin

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RE: String muting...

in PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Mon Nov 28, 2011 3:08 pm
by audioengine • 8 Posts

tnk U

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RE: String muting...

in PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:28 pm
by pebberbrown • 878 Posts

It takes quite a LOT of concentration and effort over many weeks to develo padequate muting technique. Just keep at it for about a year and you might get there. Maybe 2 years.

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RE: String muting...

in PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:00 am
by audioengine • 8 Posts

2 yrs?!?
Oh that's something to push my patience for sure!
Now I dont have to be frustrated if I didn't get it within a year and a half.
Thanks Pebber.

out of topic:
Do you know a guitar tech/luthier around your area?
I didn't like Henry's job on my guitar (yes, the one from covina). Seemed like he didn't spent some time with it.
Obviously, I dont prefer those who prefers A-list guitarists only, cause Im not one. :(

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RE: String muting...

in PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:28 pm
by pebberbrown • 878 Posts

I dont know any Henry from COVINA?

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RE: String muting...

in PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:05 pm
by audioengine • 8 Posts

the Fret House in Covina.

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RE: String muting...

in PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:40 pm
by pebberbrown • 878 Posts

Not familiar with him.

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RE: String muting...

in PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:17 am
by audioengine • 8 Posts

maybe the oldies talked about you.

If you know someone with a fairly consistent result on guitar repairs (setup, electronics) in the area, please let me know.
thanks again!

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RE: String muting...

in PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:32 pm
by pebberbrown • 878 Posts

I know TOM the owner of Fret House but dont know the rest of the guys. I have been in this area for almost 37 years so my name gets around. I did teach a couple guys there a few years back but it never panned out to more than 2 lesson a week. A bit of a drive for that!

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