Buzz: Is it the plucking hand?
I'm currently learning some new songs and playing them with fingers and then with a pick, to see which suits the song better. What I've noticed is, when I play fingerstyle, I hear horrible buzz in between the notes(playing those descending fills of smoke on the water), but when I use a pick however, every note is clean and clear, very smooth. I guess this is something about my plucking fingers not corresponding with my fretting fingers on time. If this is the case, how do I make them work together? What else can it be?
Fret buzz is mostly caused by the string vibrating against the next fret higher than the one you are fretting. You're getting less buzz with a pick because the with its use the string either has a smaller excursion (width of vibration) or the direction of the string vibration is more parallel with the fingerboard than when using fingers. Experiment with higher action, different plucking techniques (softer, various angles etc), but keep in mind that the buzz is not usually due to the actual fret that is being played.
With a pick you may be doing a palm mute - with out realizing it
With fingers you normally need the floating thumb technique to deaden the string sustain.
Here is a video on the floating thumb. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDSAd29kJ0o
Our beast will buzz, so we have to do something. I use my thumb (no pick) plus I use flatwound strings and some foam rubber under the strings at the bridge. http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/foa...-mutes-398011/
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