Right hand muting... disappeared!

Just curious… Does anyone find that as you start to focus on all the many details of your picking, your right-hand muting goes out the window?

[I don’t mean the deliberate muting thing to get the chunka’ chunka’ sound:) I mean muting of strings you don’t want to ring.]

I’m thinking to live with it for now; you can only focus on so many things at once. I’ll fix it later. Wise? Destructive and foolish? Whaddya think?

I remember this was the case for me for about 3-4 months after getting my first smooth motion. It just kinda went away for me without thinking about it too much - I assume I got more comfortable and made those subconscious micro changes as needed.

Check these out

Short answer, work on it later. If you have your left hand working the way Troy and MAB are doing, you might not even need to worry about it.

I think you know what I’m gonna say… Post a clip :smiley:

Edit: sorry hope that didn’t come across as patronising! What I mean is that the answer may strongly depend on the details of your technique, and it can be difficult to answer without actually looking at what’s going on case by case

1 Like

For me, an effective process is:

start with speed > tune rhythmic accuracy > tune note/pitch accuracy > tune muting control

As you develop skill, you will probably work on these simultaneously - you only need to consciously make adjustments when there’s a problem.

I’m working these out within a single practice session, so there’s not a big time gap between the levels of fine tuning. I think waiting too long to fix issues just programs the habit of ignoring problems. Muting is often the first thing that gets tossed out, and it’s a big chunk of what makes ‘pro’ players sound like they know what they’re doing.

Or programs in the problems. We tend to get good at what we do a lot of haha. Though that’s probably where the 'start slow, creep up a few bpm at a time so you’re always clean" fallacy originated.

It looks to me like MAB is such a precise picker that he doesn’t touch other strings much with the pick. There was a bit of rest stroke, but maybe not enough to cause ringing. As for sympathetic vibration - that happens regardless of pick precision - maybe on electric with gain it doesn’t matter much? Dunno.

But I hear you both ways. I’m afraid to leave it go and have it become this big problem that has to be unlearned later… though @Thegent has a point that cleaning up your right hand muting is probably more of a micro-fix and, as such, could wait for later.

Think I’m leaning that way, cuz I have SO much to think about besides, as I try to get some slanted speed happening. Last chance - anyone wanna talk me off that ledge?.. :wink:

Yes, I discovered the same thing when I worked on getting my DPWS-motion going. I previously had a constant thumb-string contact, muting the lower-in-pitch-strings, I lost that.
Even worse, with this position I had difficulties in even muting the string I played, as you describe with chunka chunka. I had to relearn that.
As I never really worked on muting unneeded strings it all kind of sorted itself out, so forget about it, it will probably come with time.


He is actually a confirmed “swiper”. And yet his fours (and any other licks) sound incredible, even without his dampening thingy attached.

Thanks for that clarification. Admittedly, I only saw a snippet of him in slow motion.

At any rate, muting of unwanted string noise is something EJ and lots of others talk about. I don’t know when I’ll be able to pull off MAB’s muting magic, so I need to think about more conventional approaches to this technique sooner or later. But again, point taken:)