#1
Hey guys,

I'm recording a song at the moment which features a kind of staccato power chord riff. It's not palm muted, but the chords stop ringing out pretty quickly. Think No One Knows by Queens Of The Stone Age. I've been playing it in my band a lot and it's sounding fine, but when I record it, I have harmonics ringing out like crazy during the mutes. So what I'm asking is, how do I stop these harmonics ringing out? They seem to start as soon as I lift my fingers up slightly. It doesn't help that the riff is centred around the 7th fret on the A string, so I'm getting a lot of the E harmonic ringing through. When I add the distortion necessary to the song it's just unlistenable, and I want to know if I can cure this by changing my technique rather than cleaning it all out at the mixing stage.

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#2
The real key is to mute at two different points on the string. Personally I think the best way of doing so for this song is to mute with the picking hand as well as the fretting hand.
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#4
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See if upping the noise gate helps too.


Not a solution. Noise gates kill hum from pickups and amp, not string noise; that's really not what they're for. If you've got your noise gate set to such a level that it's killing string noise then you're killing sustain and probably tone in general.
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Thanks everyone, I'll give it a go! It's a fast riff strumming wise; would tuning flat and playing everything a fret up (so centred around the 8th fret), reduce the harmonics?
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Thanks everyone, I'll give it a go! It's a fast riff strumming wise; would tuning flat and playing everything a fret up (so centred around the 8th fret), reduce the harmonics?


It might but I wouldn't say it's really a solution either; it would just be a band-aid covering up the issue. If you need to perform the song live like, tomorrow, then that's fine but if you actually want to solve the problem then muting with both hands is the way to go.

Also: it's nowhere near fast. At all.
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^ it's not that QOTSA song, it's just similar to it


Dammit man, I don't have time to be reading whole posts!
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