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Old 02-05-2013, 03:58 PM   #1
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Muting/string noise

Hi,

I've been playing guitar for around 8 years now, played on friend's basses occasionally and finally just bought my own (Yamaha RBX374).

I'm practising playing both with my fingers and using a pick so that I'll be able to do both. While I find when playing with a pick I can mute strings/prevent unwanted noise in the same way I do when playing the guitar, when playing fingerstyle, I end up getting unwanted noise when playing on the D and G strings.

I found this guide online which has helped a bit, but I wanted to see which techniques you guys use, if you agree with what is written in the guide and if you have any tips.

Just to clarify, I have no problems muting when playing on the E and A strings, only when playing on the D and G strings.

Thanks
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:54 PM   #2
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most of the muting on bass is done with your left hand. it's one of those skills that don't translate well between bass and guitar.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:56 PM   #3
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most of the muting on bass is done with your left hand. it's one of those skills that don't translate well between bass and guitar.


When playing on a low string, it's easy to mute the higher strings, e.g. if playing on the low E, it's easy to mute the other three using left hand muting, but if playing on the G, then how do you mute the other three?
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:05 PM   #4
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but if playing on the G, then how do you mute the other three?

Rest your thumb on the string lower - e.g. playing on a G rest it on a D string. One of the first techniques I actually learned on bass.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:28 PM   #5
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most of the muting on bass is done with your left hand. it's one of those skills that don't translate well between bass and guitar.



agreed. if you go to your local music store, there may be some books on bass techniques that explain it well. i had one that i used that helped my playing alot. ill see if i can find it and give you the name and stuff. its was a great help, especially for things like muting.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:36 PM   #6
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Rest your thumb on the string lower - e.g. playing on a G rest it on a D string. One of the first techniques I actually learned on bass.


Surely that would only stop the D string ringing but wouldn't stop the E or A?

((Probably worth mentioning that I currently rest my thumb on the neck pickup)
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:53 PM   #7
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:21 AM   #8
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Right hand: Use for thumb rests not only your pickup but your strings too, just E and A are enough. Your plucking finger will also be muting the next lower string. ie you have a piece that uses A D G strings. Rest your thumb on E and sometimes move it to A, according to the piece you play.

Left hand: You'll have to use your left hand too. In the above example, when you want to mute G or D you must use your left hand fingers to mute the appropriate string.

I don't know if I make any sense, but muting on the bass when you play finger style requires both hands to do it properly.
Keep practicing and you'll get it.
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:18 AM   #9
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Unless you actually hit the strings they shouldn't be vibrating. So if you are playing on the G for example, the other three shouldn't be ringing unless you accidentaly hit them some how.

If you are doing lots of string crossings it may be harder. Try using more left hand muting and anchoring to see if it helps.
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