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Offline yosi231

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Muting strings with thumb
« on: October 09, 2020, 10:01:29 am »
Muting strings with my thumb (on the A/Am and Dm, mini F chords) adds just a slight pressure on my wrist (unless its a D chord), slightly forcing it to be a bit bend making me feel not completely relaxed (no matter how much i try to fiddle with my hand and relax all body parts).
Question is, should i keep muting or just be more accurate with my pick?

Or maybe combine the 2 (which takes more practice), mute when strumming like mad, don't mute when finger picking or using slower more accurate strums?

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Re: Muting strings with thumb
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2020, 11:23:03 am »
Or maybe combine the 2 (which takes more practice), mute when strumming like mad, don't mute when finger picking or using slower more accurate strums?
I don’t know if that’s the correct answer but it’s what I tend to do although I do try to mute whenever a chord requires it. It’s sort of belt and braces along with accurate strumming/picking.
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Re: Muting strings with thumb
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2020, 12:34:14 pm »
I’d say you aim for both but put more emphasis on hitting the right strings. If your hitting the low E string on Dmin and Fmaj7 then I’d think you’d need to practice hitting the corrects strings more unless your suggesting muting the two top strings with your thumb which is quite a stretch.

For Fmaj7 an option is to mute the A string with your third finger in the same you mute the low E string on a C chord.
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Re: Muting strings with thumb
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2020, 02:12:53 pm »
For Fmaj7 an option is to mute the A string with your third finger in the same you mute the low E string on a C chord.
Or play the full version with finger 3 on A string at fret 3, finger 4 on D string fret 3 and mute the E string with your thumb.
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Re: Muting strings with thumb
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2020, 10:38:39 am »
Or play the full version with finger 3 on A string at fret 3, finger 4 on D string fret 3 and mute the E string with your thumb.

Or mute the e string with your third finger 😂
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Re: Muting strings with thumb
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2020, 01:00:30 pm »
Or mute the e string with your third finger 😂
Absolutely Greg. This example highlights the point that there are always several ways to play a chord or mute a string. Often it will depend on which chord you’re coming from or going to and what feels comfortable. At the end of the day as Justin says, ‘if it sounds good, it is good’.

The key thing is don’t do something that causes pain or strain.
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Re: Muting strings with thumb
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2020, 01:56:16 am »
Good discussion and advice! I find anchoring a thumb pretty useful on upright, where it provides needed leverage and hand strength to dig in for certain styles.

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Re: Muting strings with thumb
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2020, 05:23:32 am »
i mute the high E string with my picking hand pinky (and on purpose, especially for the 5th string root major barre chords otherwise i used to go for a typical power chord shape and barre the 2nd string with my frethand pinky for that, but that was a while ago).
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Re: Muting strings with thumb
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2020, 07:24:14 pm »
I’ve started muting the top string sometimes when playing an A, Am etc
Not sure if I should be doing it or not
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Re: Muting strings with thumb
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2020, 07:50:38 pm »
I’ve started muting the top string sometimes when playing an A, Am etc
Not sure if I should be doing it or not
The term ‘top string’ is ambiguous. Which string do you mean?
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Re: Muting strings with thumb
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2020, 09:22:15 pm »
The term ‘top string’ is ambiguous. Which string do you mean?

Ah is it, low E. The thickest string
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Re: Muting strings with thumb
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2020, 09:50:43 pm »
Using your thumb to mute or even play the E string is a technique that is useful
to know. I can mute the E but not fret it with my thumb. Some people play
all the E shaped barre chords using the thumb over the top instead of barring
with the index finger.

 

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