Is it absolutely necessary to mute strings that aren't being played on, because Ive played for a while and I'm trying to learn it but I can't even do pulloffs with the strings muted, or is it just a matter of practice?
you don't mute strings that you're not playing on, but you do need to make sure they are not ringing out if they are not supposed to.
Depends what you're trying to play, i'd say. If you're playing all chords then there are some chords which you can and probably should mute if you can, such as G/B or Cadd9, C, or A.
If you want to sound good then yes you have to make sure notes that aren't wanted are dampened.
Practice, of course. I consider it an essential technique and teach it early. It can't make it, but not doing it where it's needed can break it. It'll be second nature before you know, though, just like any other technique adjustment.
Last edited by gtmom at Jan 28, 2009,