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Applying Left-Hand Muting Techniques…



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Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers questions from off of his Guitar Blog website…

Q). I hope this makes sense, but I seem to always play unwanted strings when strumming through certain chords. It mostly happens when I’m strumming chords that have strings that are not supposed to be played in them. I think the technique is called muting. But, everything on-line just talks about the right-hand palm muting technique & I’m lost on this for left-hand — could you please help?
– Tammy — Montreal, Canada

A). Muting technique is one of those areas that will require careful attention to the fret-board hand. The way we both fret notes with our finger-tips themselves, and the way that we use the entire extremity of our hand’s; thumb, forefinger and the web of skin in the area in-between – all factor into this technique of applying muting so that it is effective. In the video I discuss left-hand muting with a few chords and some important concepts to consider. The end-goal will be to help with an increase in the overall effectiveness of deadening strings that are not included within the voicings of certain chord types.

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