I saw free powers lesson on string muting and it was a great video, but it didn't cover open string muting. Is this a problem area for anyone on these forum? Say I wanted to play the open high e string, followed by the open g string, followed by the open d string for example, without the strings ringing over the top of one another. Another example would be playing the open d note followed by fretted notes on the high e string, what if I don't want the d note ringing out after it's played. I have been working on cleaning up my playing in a major way and have come to some of my own conclusions, but would be interested to hear how others go about muting, especially open strings.
For the first example it sounds like you would have to mute the strings with your fretting hand. Just dampen the strings with your fingers. For the second example I would mute with your picking hand, dampen the strings with the side of your hand near the bridge. I don't think their is a right or wrong way to mute open strings, you can use your fretting or picking hand, it all depends on the situation and specific song.
a friend! I cover this specifically in a few videos. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=yourguitarsage+muting&oq=yourguitarsage+muting&gs_l=youtube.3..0.1733.4992.0.5188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.1471.13j4.17.0...0.0...1ac.1.WcEhhK2siKw