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Old 05-17-2013, 02:04 PM   #1
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How to do reggae strum?

I can do the offbeat "1 and 2 and 3 and 4" rhythm well, but when you watch and read lessons on reggae guitar (not to mention listen to the music) you notice a very common strumming technique which is like a note that sounds like you are playing it but also sounds slightly muted. The best explanation I've found for how to do this is to lift your fingers a couple millimeters above the fretboard when playing the note. Yet when I do so much as lift my fingers AT ALL the chord just sounds dead and ugly. How do I make the reggae chords sound like that half palm muted but still very alive note like you hear all around?
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:32 PM   #2
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Try playing triads on the bottom three strings and only muting the note on the b string at the neck not at the bridge like a palm mute, idk if you tried that already but it should work and then if you can get a bass note in their it sounds good
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:21 PM   #3
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Triads are 3 note chords right?
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:15 AM   #4
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Some reggae guys fret on the fret wires to get that slightly muted sound.
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:34 PM   #5
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Er, fret on the fret wires?
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:44 PM   #6
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Er, fret on the fret wires?


Yes. Not completely, but just enough to slightly mute the strings. Try it.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:07 PM   #7
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you fret down quite lightly and mute with your fretting hand almost instantly. Lots of dead string playing like you would in funk, just a lot more chill and based on the drag triplet.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:21 PM   #8
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i do a down stroke on the down beat muting all the strings with my fretting hand.

then an do an up stroke on the up beat while very lightly fretting the chord
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:08 AM   #9
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I just lightly (and I mean lightly) palm mute while strumming. As someone already said though, also fret lightly and lift up from the fret board quickly to give that staccato sound.
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:18 PM   #10
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But how do I lightly fret? If i do it anything other than completely fretted its dead.
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