Muting whilst raking is impossible - HELP!

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by tobodestroyer, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. tobodestroyer

    tobodestroyer Guest

    Nov 11, 2005
    Essex, UK

    I'm new to bass playing and I'd like some advice as to how I should mute strings whilst raking. I imagine that I do this all with the picking hand (my right) and it's just careful practice with index and middle fingers.

    I'd love to know the correct method and any good exercises to help with getting a clean sound when raking.
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Use the fretting hand.

    If you're playing, say a triplet, with a Bb on the G-string & raking toward the
    C on the A-string-
    -Play the Bb with the index finger (Fretting hand = Index finger)
    -Play the G on the D-string with the index finger WHILE Muting the D-string with the fretting hand(pinky finger) This would be a 'ghosted' note...seen as an "X" on paper.
    -Play the C on the A-string with the index finger (Fretting hand = Index finger)

    Rhythm = l1&a...l
    Notes = lBbxC...l

    If you're talking about muting the string just played-
    Ease the pressure with the fretting hand finger used to play that particular note.
    In the above example, ease the pressure on the finger playing the Bb...just enough so it doesn't keep ringing out.
    Do it slow; helps to build up some muscle memory when doing things new.