#1
... do you reach over the top of the neck with your thumb and mute the 6th string? or do you just skip it while strumming? I'm kind of at a point where while I'm learning it I can either learn it one way or the other and am curious to which one would be better for playing... unless its just a matter of personal preference.
#2
I skip it. It's just easier.
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#3
i just skip it
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#4
Depends on how good your picking hand is I guess. I mute the 6th string on chords where I dont use it. I just reach my thumb up real briefly, then place it back behind the neck of the guitar when I'm done.
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pretty much personal preference, but it will help you later on to just skip the 6th string, or mute it with the tip of ur ring finger
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Skipping it is easier for myself but it depends on what you feel more comfortable with.
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#8
I either mute it with the edge of my ring finger or just avoid hitting the low E- I don't use my thumb at all for a C chord.
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pretty much personal preference, but it will help you later on to just skip the 6th string, or mute it with the tip of ur ring finger


I was going to edit my post but this is what i do now that i think about it. i mute it with the tip of my ring finger. it just comes natural i guess i dont really think about it.
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#10
You could skip it, mute it with your thumb or mute it with a finger on the left hand. Best just to skip it though it will keep it sounding a bit more pure.
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#12
hmmm... i think i'll practice with both lol... seems like it can come in handy sometimes but others its not needed. thanks all for the fast responses!
#14
it would sound fine if you hit it, seeing as how the low E would just be a major 3rd of the chord...
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#15
Your thumb is a very useful finger- its not just for holding the neck. I use it for muting and sometimes even holding down a note for tougher chords that use the low string..The Page man and hendrix did this im sure countless other guitarists did too, but its just preference.
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Your thumb is a very useful finger- its not just for holding the neck. I use it for muting and sometimes even holding down a note for tougher chords that use the low string..The Page man and hendrix did this im sure countless other guitarists did too, but its just preference.


thats actually where I saw it... watching Jimi's vids (but I guess he was muting/fretting the first string?)

the reason i ask is b/c Ive read so many articles on hand posture and thumb placement and how important it is to be set in the exact spot blah blah blah... but when I went to watch vids of the greats, they weren't following any of the "important rules"
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#17
Yeah actually I guess I do skip it while muting the 6th string. It's like a reference point for where my right hand starts picking, I guess.
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#18
I usually use my thumb cause i'm not great at skipping it, sometimes I also use the tip or my ring finger.
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#19
You can mute it, but i prefer playing it like this

E|----------|----------|----------|----------|
B|-----1---|----------|----------|----------|
G|----------|----------|----------|----------|
D|----------|-----2---|----------|----------|
A|----------|----------|-----3----|----------|
E|----------|----------|-----4----|----------|
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You can mute it, but i prefer playing it like this

E|----------|----------|----------|----------|
B|-----1---|----------|----------|----------|
G|----------|----------|----------|----------|
D|----------|-----2---|----------|----------|
A|----------|----------|-----3----|----------|
E|----------|----------|-----4----|----------|



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Yeah actually I guess I do skip it while muting the 6th string. It's like a reference point for where my right hand starts picking, I guess.


pretty much what i do also, plus stops it sounding awful when the inevitable mistake of hittin the 6th happens
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#23
I always automatically mute the 6th string with my thumb on any chord which doesn't use it. I play barre chords with my thumb anyway so it's no extra effort.
#24
Mute it with the fretting finger nearest to the string. So for barre chords I just touch the E string with the tip of my index finger..much batter than using your thumb.

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#26
I skip it but sometimes when i start strumming really hard i mute it with my thumb. Even if you don't mute it and you hit it....it doesn't really matter.
#28
Skipping or muting it with the tip of your fretted finger will work fine. Personally, I haven't had much use for using my thumb.
#29
Mute it with my thumb, I guess it just came naturally like that.
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#31
Mute it with my thumb usually, same for A, D etc
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#33
pends what you're using it for in my opinion, if you mute the string it ll give you more base and sound like a bigger cord than it is like to end a song but other than that its just a waste of time reaching all the way around which i find hard to do sometimes which i find hard sometimes cuz im 13
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#35
for a C chord i use my pinky and place it over the 6th string
for every other chord that needs muted strings i use my thumb or i just skip it
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