#1
Ok, lately ive seen alot of people who play covers of songs in drop tunings on youtube, using what look to be Hair Ties at the nut of their guitar. Could someone tell me if these are actually hair ties, and if they serve a purpose, such as decreasing buzzing around the nut due to the slack in lower tuned strings. Thanks!
#2
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Yes, they are hair ties. Basically they decrease (or mute altogether) string noise, so that they can tap without having extra noise. It's also helpful for anything fast/leadwork in general. Usually it's only used in the studio though, as you won't be able to play any open notes while it's on.
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#3
yes, they are hair ties, or scruchies (however the frack you write it) They work wonders for deadening the noise from a guitar, as they as almost as if there is a constant soft muting. And if you want to try it yourself, I recommend grabbing thicker ones. The really thin ones do jack for the sound
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#4
It's for dampening unwanted buzzing, especially on open strings.

It can be a hair tie, or anything really like that. I use a bandana.
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#5
I use proper muting technique...
But seriously, yeah, if I ever go and decide to play only tap, I use a hankie.
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#7
I've also heard of some metallers placing them around machine heads in order to prevent their long hair getting tangled whilst head banging on stage.
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#9
Quote by Black Hazard
Why do people put them above the nut though?

So that the strings don't vibrate above the nut and get picked up.
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#10
Haha I love that these guys use that in a live scenario. Never seen anyone actually use it for anything but studio work.

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#12
Quote by Ian_the_fox
Screw hair ties!

Learn the right technique, don't cheat!


Even with the best technique in the world, you're still going to get string noise sometimes, because of resonant frequencies. Depending on what you're tapping, it may not be possible to physically mute all the other strings. It's really just to get a perfect studio recording.
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