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Muting while using a four finger technique?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by PegasusMIJ, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. PegasusMIJ


    Sep 4, 2013
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    I've recently become intrigued by the heavily thumb-inclusive technique of Dominique di Piazza, but I found myself confused by how muting would work. What finger/part of the hand mutes the strings after the thumb plays a note? Also, what do you guys think of the use of thumb picks? Does the sound produced by the pick vs the rest of the fingers make for an inconsistent tone or are there certain types of picks that Dominique di Piazza uses?

    Here's a video of his playing
  2. Clef_de_fa


    Dec 25, 2011
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    unused fretting fingers ... palm muting ... while the fingers lift off a note, the strings stop vibrating ... just some ideas like that
  3. Dark Star

    Dark Star

    Jun 18, 2008
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    You can mute from both the left hand and the right hand. From the left hand, just lift your fingers off just enough to get a thud sound when you hit the string. If I'm playing across multiple strings, I tend to use the jointed area of my finger to press on/press off.

    From the right hand, try not digging into the strings as if you were playing a note, but instead just enough to get that thud out of it as before.

    The trick comes from being able to mute within certain parts of a bass line and becoming acquainted with that aspect of coordination.
  4. topo morto

    topo morto

    Mar 22, 2010
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    +1. There's always something spare somewhere (at least on a 4-string!)
  5. Matthew_84


    Nov 7, 2010
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    I use the floating thumb technique - I assume you do too.

    I asked this question once, and someone recommended that I use the big thumb joint (closest to the tip) to mute the lower-pitched string, and to bend this joint to pluck the desired string.

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