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Clean sounding rest strokes

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by simonchupon, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. simonchupon


    Mar 26, 2009
    Hi all.

    Please could someone give me some advice on how to avoid getting a thudding sound I get when playing rest strokes. Every time I pluck say the D string and rest on the E a faint (but audible) thud sound comes out. I though it was me plucking too hard but even when playing very lightly I still get that unwanted sound.

    I play mostly over the bridge pick-up on a US JB where the thud is a lot more audible. When I play over the other pick-up its less noticeable. Its strange though to see players who can play with such a clean sound using rest strokes whilst playing next to the bridge. I've watched Rocco Prestia who plucks fairly hard using rest strokes and his sound is so clean........

    I use headphones almost exclusively (house share rules :meh:). I thought maybe it'd be less audible without them. Unfortunately its not.

    I know I must be doing something wrong if so many players can do this whilst maintaining a clean sound. Any help is much appreciated.
  2. paul_wolfe


    Mar 8, 2009
    Can you film yourself playing and post it to the 'Toob - then we can all have a look and see if we can help?
  3. Yeah, this could be a lot of things - technique, pickups too high, action, finger position, muting, etc.

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