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Old 2007-04-02, 06:55
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Muting?

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I've got a question. If there's a riff on bass like:
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------------------7-6------
---------7-6---------------
--0-0-0-------0-0----------

How do you mute lowest string when you start to play the 3rd one? Any special techniques?
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Old 2007-04-02, 10:33
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um just mute it as normal.
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Old 2007-04-02, 11:38
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Or play it on the second string instead of the third.
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Old 2007-04-02, 13:22
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if you play with a pick you can use your picking hands palm ( a palm mute).if youre a fingerstlye player just rest your plucking hand thumb on the low E when you move up to A or D, or just use one of the fingers on your fret hand to lightly mute the string in question.
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Old 2007-04-02, 15:10
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Muting on bass sounds terrible IMO. Just thought I'd add that for no particular reason
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Old 2007-04-02, 22:51
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im big on frethand muting lately. like when used in a funk or jazz context. especially to make a note stacatto. it gives your basslines great bounce.
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Old 2007-04-03, 02:49
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i'll try the thumb thing, but i'm not sure about it cause my line is quite faster than that. thanks guys, and if you'd have any other ideas they're welcomed
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Old 2007-04-03, 08:13
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actually i've tried the thumb, and i have to say it's too fast to mute it in that way. putting one of not playing finger in plucking hand isnt best idea too ;P any other options?
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Old 2007-04-03, 13:57
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when youre plucking the strings, i assume you rest your thumb on the pick up (depending on your bass). simply treat the string youre trying to mute as if it were the pick up and anchor your thumb there as you pluck notes on the higher strings. as for the fret hand mute, you want to use a finger from your fretting hand (i.e. fret 7 and 6 on the D string with your pinky and ring fingers
respectively, and use your middle to mute the E string) . if you cant use either of these techniques at your intended speed you need to practice them more. try playing the line at half speed, and working your way up. once youve practiced it a bit you should be able to mute at a very brisk pace. for an excellent example of fret hand muting check out some of rocco prestia's playing with tower of power.
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Old 2007-04-24, 23:45
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Old 2007-04-25, 16:30
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That's fucking awesome! Old dogs can learn new tricks! Thanks for posting that!
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I always play with a raised elbow, I also have the bass up on my chest, this gives a much better attack. For muting why cant you just use your left hand to dampen the string?
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Old 2007-04-26, 07:15
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because it's already absorbed by fretting when tempo is fast;p
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because it's already absorbed by fretting when tempo is fast;p

practice?
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Old 2007-04-26, 22:01
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thats excellent.thanks. that guy does a column in "bass guitar", and hes always got some pretty cool shit in it.
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