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Old 03-30-2013, 11:06 AM   #1
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Weird sound with pull off

ResonanceEffect's thread just reminded me of an issue I noticed a little while ago but keep forgetting to ask.

When I pull off from the 12th to 11th fret I get this really weird sound, and also I get the same sound when pulling off the 2nd to 1st fret as well (both high E string). It actually happens on a lot of different frets.

Here's what it sounds like...

https://soundcloud.com/omnilux968/weird-sound


Also, it only happens with distortion.

Thanks for any help.

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Old 03-30-2013, 11:20 AM   #2
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Sounds like you might be bumping another string when you pull off.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:14 PM   #3
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I don't think that's the case, I can create this sound with no effort while not even coming close to the B string.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:24 PM   #4
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Just to be sure, make sure you're muting the other strings then do a pull off and see what happens.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:44 PM   #5
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Just to be sure, make sure you're muting the other strings then do a pull off and see what happens.



Okay. That would be my problem, with proper muting the high E rings out as it should.

Just for knowledge sake, why would the other strings ring out like that if I'm not touching them? Just the general vibration that's created from plucking the one string?

Thanks for the help. (Still a guitar noob)

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Old 03-30-2013, 03:25 PM   #6
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Sympathetic vibration - basically as you hit the "E" note on the 12th fret all the Es on your guitar ring out. So, the low E and sometimes the 7th fret harmonic on the A string.

You should always be muting extra strings, if you plan to play with gain at all it's essential.

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Old 03-30-2013, 10:26 PM   #7
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Okay. That would be my problem, with proper muting the high E rings out as it should.

Just for knowledge sake, why would the other strings ring out like that if I'm not touching them? Just the general vibration that's created from plucking the one string?

Thanks for the help. (Still a guitar noob)

No problem, it's something that I've noticed recently since I'm starting to work on my legato so I thought I'd just throw that suggestion out there.

Thanks for the video Freepower, I haven't thought about muting the lower strings with my thumb. I've tried using my palm, but it doesn't always work too well, I'm not sure if that's a situational thing or if it's just a matter of practice/developing good technique.
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:09 PM   #8
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Yeah, there is more than one way to mute strings and each situation will call for one way or another.

I almost always mute with my palm because I'll throw palm muted notes into my lead playing so its just convenient for my play style.

Muting is a very important part of guitar playing, even though its often overlooked.
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Sympathetic vibration - basically as you hit the "E" note on the 12th fret all the Es on your guitar ring out. So, the low E and sometimes the 7th fret harmonic on the A string.

You should always be muting extra strings, if you plan to play with gain at all it's essential.


Well, I was going to post something helpful, but I think FP's post sums up everything I had to say. As usual.
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