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Muting E String With Cheek?

Discussion in 'Orchestral Technique [DB]' started by fu22ba55, Dec 20, 2018.

  1. fu22ba55

    fu22ba55 Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2009
    This question proves I'm obviously not an accomplished classical player--I'm a jazz player getting more and more into arco.

    While playing certain lyrical jazz melodies (arco), my E string vibrates sympathetically. (And sometimes my A string). I can usually dampen the string with my left hand, but at times it's easier to just "lean in" to the fingerboard and dampen the E string with my big fat head.

    Is this acceptable? What should I be doing instead?
  2. I'm sure it's not proper technique but it completely sounds like something I would do, too. :)
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  3. unbrokenchain

    unbrokenchain Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    Asheville, NC
    Techniques have to originate somewhere, right? Maybe I'll try this cheeky thing out... Bet I could get some harmonics out with my chin too...
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  4. Joe Guastafeste often used his jaw to check pitch. I would venture to say that this is usually what is happening when you see bassist do that. It has often saved my intonation when I could not easily hear myself otherwise.
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