#1
Hello UG-forum!

My name is Andy and I am a self taught guitarist. I am currently playing in a punk-ish rock band and I am the only guitarist.
My problem is that my live sound is Very thin and I am not cutting through properly. While this is easy to fix when recording it becomes a major problemwhen I am playing lead parts live with the band. A mate of mine mentioned that you can mute strings you don't play and basically strum the lead parts to make them a little "juicier". I've seen Ryan Jarman from the Cribs do this kind of thing and I understand it in theory but can't really make it work.

Do you have any tips for this kind of technique? All help is greatly appreciated!

Cheers from Sweden,
Andy
#2
I don't know how to do it, but I don't think any technique should be to used to make up for a deficiency in your tone. Maybe one of the gear forums would be your best bet, to see how you can cut through better with your gear.
#3
What you describe falls under a technique called Raking. You can see plenty of videos of people doing it, but you really just have to practice and get a feel for it. No way around it, especially if you want to do big six string rakes.

My only tip would be when you get into raking all the strings a thumb over grip is easiest - your thumb and first finger can do all of the muting while leaving you ring finger to play the lead note. I don't see how you could consistently do it otherwise without harmonics occasionally ringing out.
#4
@deano - I'll look more into it, but I am pretty sure that we just need a rhytm guitarist (to be completely honest)

@LoveFuzz - thanks for the advice! Now I can at least find some lessons with tips online <3