#1
I'm trying to figure out the Can't Stop riff by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I play it the way it is on the tabs, which is picking out the individual notes of the riff, and it sounds right, but then I heard this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZy8anyBhgg

at around 0:40

It sounds amazing! How is he strumming like that but muting everything except those few notes? I just cant strum all the strings and still have it sound right, and its really hard to keep my hand going continuously up and down in the same rhythm.

Any tips for this strumming?
#2
Quote by flames649
I'm trying to figure out the Can't Stop riff by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I play it the way it is on the tabs, which is picking out the individual notes of the riff, and it sounds right, but then I heard this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZy8anyBhgg

at around 0:40

It sounds amazing! How is he strumming like that but muting everything except those few notes? I just cant strum all the strings and still have it sound right, and its really hard to keep my hand going continuously up and down in the same rhythm.

Any tips for this strumming?


As long as you keep the strumming in rhythm and hit all the strings that's fine, that's not the hand you need to focus on for this kind of material.

You need to really focus on your fret hand muting, basically keeping all the fingers you're not using for fretting on the strings, muting everything but the one string you want to play quiet.
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#3
I guess using muting in which tip of the finger presses a fret and other part of the same finger mutes other strings would help. Like playing octave chord 7-x-9 on A and G strings and muting the D string with index finger's lower part.