That chunky tone

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  1. Supern00b

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    This may sound very callow....

    But I honestly haven't honed the SRV/Jimi/Frusciante//Mayer/many others picking technique where they would make that really fat sound when they mute all strings except the one that they're playing...any pointers?
     
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  3. Supern00b

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    thats cool...

    but i was more interested in a more solo-context, like playing a note on the g string, and figuring how to mute the others too get that fuller lead tone
     
  4. dewey decibel

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    It's a combination of muting with both your left hand fingers and right hand palm. That's one reason why a lot of those guys hang their left hand thumb over the fretboard- it helps with muting. And it's one of those things that no two guys do exactly the same, you've just got to keep practicing it and find your own little way of doing it.

    One thing that might help is to practice a sweep arpeggio. Often when those guys do this the notes they're muting are actually part of a chord. Try something like this Amin arpeggio:

    1)
    2)-------------8
    3)---------9
    4)----10
    5)12
    6)

    If that's too big a reach just go to the 5th:

    1)
    2)
    3)--------9
    4)----10
    5)12
    6)

    It's just a sweep with your picking hand. When you first start try and get each note to sound evenly. Then as you practice try gradually muting more and more till just the last note sounds. Add some vibrato to the last note to make it stick out. When you get that clean then you can try something like this:

    1)
    2)
    3)--------9--(hammer on)-12-(bend up)-14
    4)----10
    5)12
    6)

    That's hammering on the 'G' note (12th fret) and then bending it up to an 'A'.
     
  5. Mr Savage

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    Don't use the bridge pickup or light picks. Play some three note blues licks and try starting with a bend. As you pick the note let your palm touch the strings, I wouldn't pay attention to what strings your palm touches. Try to let more than just the tip of the pick strike the string, pull it across the string. Don't worry about anything for the second note. Downpick the last note doing the same thing as the first. I would only focus on downstrokes at first.

    "Manic Depression" is a good song to learn if you want to do muting like this.
     
  6. Supern00b

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    k man thanks
     
  7. Plague Dog

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    Practice the Cold Shot riff, when you hit the solo notes A, G, A on the D string while alternately catching the open A you'll want to mute with the butt of your hand and then when you pull off the Bm to the Am you let the strings ring.
     

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