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Muting A/D strings?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Growler, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. Growler


    Sep 26, 2004
    Any good suggestions for muting the D string? I notice that often while playing the D/G strings that I'll hit the D/G strings after playing a string. So, when I play a G, I'll bump the D and while playing a D, I'll hit the A string. I would classify this is hitting the string on the 'followthrough' to the string above.

    I don't hit the strings while playing slow, but when I get up to speed I definitely hit them. while I'm working on not hitting them, i'm looking for a way to mute these two middle strings. (E isn't a problem as i always rest my right thumb on it)

  2. jsbass


    Sep 3, 2006
    Could use the Floating Thumb technique, I beleive the thread with videos is in this section somewhere, you could try searching Floating Thumb. Hope it helps.
  3. user101


    Oct 15, 2006
    if you are using a 4 string, there is another technique that you can try. Assuming that you only use your index and your middle finger to pluck, you could use your pinky to mute the A string and the ring finger to mute the D string (or the other way round, whichever is more comfy for you). The thumb as usual stays on the E. But as soon as you move up to 6 strings or more, you'd have to somehow grow some extra fingers or use the floating thumb method.
  4. Higgie


    May 31, 2005
    London, England
    I have always used floating thumb since I started, it just felt natural to me. Using this technique will definitely help to solve your problem.
  5. Audiophage


    Jan 9, 2005
    I think you just need to work on your resting strokes for faster tempos.

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