I'm about 3-4 weeks into learning to play bass and struggling a bit with string muting. I've been reading different bass books as well as researching a lot online and I have tried out several different methods. What feels pretty good and somewhat natural to me, so far, is to rest my thumb on the E string most of the time and to simply lift off slightly whenever I want the E string to sound and back on to mute it again. And it also feels pretty natural to move my thumb up to the A string when I'm playing on the D and G strings and do the same thing of just lifting off slightly when the A string needs to sound and then back on (rather than moving back to the E while I'm playing the A string, I just unmute for a second and then back down again - I have my thumb in between the E and A so I'm still muting the E with the edge of my thumb while the tip of my thumb is muting the A) So far that works well with one exception --- when I'm playing a descending pattern and leave the A string to start playing the E string, the A string is always ringing from either the last note or ringing from my thumb coming off the string. I've read that some players (was it Jaco?) use the right ring finger to mute the A string - that feels really awkward to me and I just can't see that happening. A different technique that I just sort of "made up" and seems to work for - at least it works as long as I'm striking only with my index finger and not using two fingers on the right hand - is to keep my thumb hovering over the strings and muting using the side of my thumb rather than the pad of my thumb. And just have the thumb continue to follow me as I move from string to string. With the side of my thumb muting, I can be muting the E, A and D while I'm playing on the G string and the thumb automatically moves back off the D when I move my index finger to pluck the D string. (hope that makes sense). And then last night I was watching old videos and saw that James Jamerson seemed to be doing exactly that same thing (only with his other fingers on the pickup cover which I don't have). Or at least it looked to me like he was muting the strings with the side of his thumb. I know I'm supposed to be learning to pluck with at least two fingers (if not three or four) but that is really making me feel uncoordinated even though I practice walking the strings with two fingers for hours each day, it just isn't feeling natural. While plucking with index finger only, feels really natural. Yeah, yeah ... I'm not going to give up on it yet - I'll keep practicing using two fingers. If I play triplets on each note it feels natural - but playing single notes or double notes (or four etc.) it really screws with my head as I try to always pluck with the same finger on my right that is fretting on the left. For some reason triplets don't have that effect and I can easily move around without needing to start plucking with the out of sequence finger. Crap --- I got sort of off topic there --- anyway back to muting. Does it sound like I'm on the right track at all and it'll get easier as I keep practicing?