#1
After playing a riff with a short rest at the end, some guitarists like to actively "clear" the fretboard instead of muting the strings in place. This means moving the fretting hand up and down the board before moving on to the next phrase.

I would like help tracking down exactly what this is, and some reasons why guitarists like doing it. Hopefully someone understands what I mean, thanks!
#2
do you mean slides?
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do you mean slides?

I guess this? Though to be honest i think it's mainly for showing off and looking cool purposes most of the time.
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#4
I do that with almost every break. Strange I was thinking about this the other day. I think its good though.
I don't do it for flash, I never thought about it much until I saw some vids of me playing. I think it adds some feeling, I often slide rather than mute.
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#5
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I guess this? Though to be honest i think it's mainly for showing off and looking cool purposes most of the time.



exactly...

it's just a flashy way to mute them
#6
Might be psychological.
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#7
I always thought it was for looking cool and keeping time better.
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#8
i think it sounds cool, and sometimes it can grab the listeners attention i guess, just like a pick slide.
but yeah it can be used to show off and make you look cool.
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#9
Yeah, thanks for the answers. it is a lot more interesting than leaving your hand in the same place, when the next phrase happens in the same block of frets. Some people might get a better impression of your skill because it looks active, even though it might not affect the sound.

I also noticed that sometimes guitarists use this sliding to achieve the "fading in/out" effect, but a lot of people do this sliding out of habit as well (not affecting their sound).
#10
Claudio Sanchez (my favorite guitar player) does this ALL the time. It's not a slide because you can't hear anything when he does it. He mutes the strings and just runs his fingers up and back down. He does it because it looks cool.
#11
Hooray for exaggerating the phallic emblem that the guitar is
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#12
I dont do this, but I bet part of the fact that ppl do it is because theres harmonics created(like when you scrape the side of the pick on the strings) and it sounds cool...ive never tried it but im assuming thats wat happens.
#13
I do it sometimes if I'm having trouble with feedback and regular muting makes a *doom* type noise if you know what I mean, and other times just cuz I feel like it


there's not really a name for it that I know of.
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