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Muting when playing a thrashy passage

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by ToshitomoriOh, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. ToshitomoriOh


    Jul 28, 2012
    I've been trying to cover the bass part of Master of Puppets for a quite while, and I've got a problem with muting when playing the "spider riff"...if you know what I'm talking about.


    The "spider riff" starts from the fourth row in the above page.

    My question is how am I supposed to mute other strings when plucking the open Es in that riff....or there's just no need for me to even consider muting when playing a fast riff like that? By the way, I'm a finger style player.
  2. Fenwick


    Dec 9, 2012
    hmm when I think of 'thrashy' I think triplets, much more Battery or Dyer's Eve then the riff in MOP.

    Anyway. If you're just worried about muting the open string use either your fretting fingers or your plucking thumb to mute, might be easier with the thumb for this passage.
  3. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    That's one of the easiest things to mute, as with anything played on the E and A strings exclusively. Not only do higher strings not ring out as much, but your fretting hand it always laid over top of them.
  4. ToshitomoriOh


    Jul 28, 2012
    I think I got it. I was just unaware that the open Es were actually already being muted every time I played the next notes in that phrase. Thank you so much!!
  5. ToshitomoriOh


    Jul 28, 2012
    Thanks!! I guess I was just unaware of how I was already able to mute the open Es by placing my thumb on it.