Right hand muting technique

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  1. Tomo

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    Most people feel very comfortable to use pinky finger to stay on the pickguard. Or put your palm on the bridge.

    I generally suggest my students to use floating and slightly touching unwanted strings with your palm. Freely to move around.

    This way, you can pick around front pickup area that you can get much warmer tone than picking around between front pickup & rear pickup.
    Plus you can get many different tone from how you pick and you can play
    single note & you can comp yourself between your soloing.

    You can bend any note without having any ringing unwanted strings sound.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MQZ5AeDdNQ

    Thanks,





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    skronker 2010/2013/2015 S.C. Champions Gold Supporting Member

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    Thank you Tomo.

    You are always so generous with your knowledge and it helps so many.

    You are a great "resource" for TGP, the internet in general.
     
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    I cant really add anything to what Tomo said except complete agreement with hand placement. Look at most great slide players just for a reference. They all place their right hand very close to the neck pickup. If Im having trouble during a session MOST of the time its hand placement. Kudos!
     
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    Thanks for your very kind words. I was watching this and I thought this one is good example to control right hand mute control. A lot of my students got muting problems first, once they NOTICED it, then they can fix it. Too much reverb, less treble, too much od, too much computer? All I want to do is share like this and hope one person would be happier today. One at a time.

    Tomo
     
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    Lately I've been teaching palm-muted stuff without palm muting first and then applying the palm muting afterwards. Palm muting right from the start, especially with students who haven't locked in their right hand technique, can slow development of the picking hand, IMO.
     
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    If you crank up the distortion and volume, they realize fast how important muting (BOTH hands btw) is. That's how you teach it, lol.

    You know, throw them in the water, they'll learn to swim.... you hope!
     
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    Thanks so much for reading this.

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    Yeah if you play loud, you better keep those strings from ringing. I use both hands depending on what I'm playing.

    I've noticed a lot of shred guys keep a hair band, or something near the nut so they can slide it out onto the fretboard for all the two-handed tapping licks they play.

    Guthrie Govan does this.
     
  9. Tomo

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    Thanks for teaching, helping others.

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