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Rock Guitar Lessons: Left Hand Muting

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One, two, three, four!
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All right it's a familiar A minor chord,
and C major chord.
But I really want to emphasize one of the
most important techniques
that we can do on guitar.
For basic guitar playing, all the way to
advanced guitar playing.
This is something that you have to do,
it's so important.
And I'm gonna show it to you in two parts.
The first we've on a little bit already.
Which is muting with the thumb.
And this really only works for the strings
up on top of the neck.
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You know, if the string is ringing out,
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You can touch it with your thumb.
And this is sort of the issue with these
two chords cus both of these
chords, the A minor.
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And the C major.
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They have one thing in common and
that is they do not use that low E so we
have to control it.
And I, you know, I, I wanna, I wanna be
carefree.
I don't wanna have to worry about being
careful with my right hand.
I just want to be able to bash away and
strum over here.
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And I wanna,
I don't wanna have to be careful.
Not to hit that string.
So the left hand is gonna take care of
muting it.
Now the thumb is one way to lightly put it
on there.
You don't want to, if you put it too much,
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you get a note, and
if you don't put it at all,
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It'll ring out.
But just a little bit.
And, and you might still hear it a little
bit, but it doesn't last long.
That's a lot better than and that keeps on
going.
Or, so the best we can hope for that's
pretty good.
Anyway, in the context of the chord you
don't hear it at all.
Now the other way that we can control that
string is by using.
I guess I should call maybe a multi
purpose finger, which they all are.
On the C chord,
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With our third finger, we're playing,
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That C note.
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But, I wanna use this finger for
another purpose as well, and that is.
With sort of the meat of the finger I'm
playing the note, but
with the tip of the finger I'm lightly
touching that 6th string to mute it out.
And this is it, the secret to all rock
guitar techniques
for controlling the potential chaos that
happens especially with distortion.
So you want to earn your distortion
license.
This is the thing you've gotta work on.
You've gotta be able to play a note.
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And
mute out the one above it by lightly
touching it.
And this is not something that's gonna be
difficult.
This is something that, you know, it'll
become second nature, it'll be habit,
you'll just automatically do it from
practicing it,
but at some point you have to be aware of
it and this is the point.
So lets play that note.
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And lightly touch the one above it, so
if we pick both of those notes.
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You'll only hear one.
Now if I don't mute it out.
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I hear that low E so it's,
it's a small motion that you can barely
see it but you can definitely hear it and
you can definitely feel it.
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So again, I'll, I'll go back and
forth between the two, and you can, you
can look at it and listen to it.
So here's when I'm not muting it.
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And, and when I am muting it.
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All right.
So that's, that's really important.
And another thing.
You can even use this part of your third
finger to mute out the strings below.
So actually with one finger I can play a
note and control all the other ones and
that's really a great technique to
develop.
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Here I'm just bashing
away with my right hand.
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But
I'm able to control, all those notes with
one finger so
that's a multipurpose finger that we're
going to use a lot.
They can all do it, and this simple
exercise.
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Is a great way to develop that.
Or just a single note.
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And I'm putting my thumb over the top for
extra muting credit.
Keep that note from ringing out too much.
So to test that you're gonna really,
really hit those strings hard.
And your goal is to get a single note even
though you're hitting all six.
And that's gonna allow you to use tons of
distortion in the future.
And and just have a great time.
You know, when you're playing live,
you don't wanna worry about these, you
know, details with your right hand.
You wanna be able to just, you know.
When ever you look at a picture of rock
and roll guitar player,
their hands are always all over the place.
You know, they're not like this and being
careful.
They're, they're hitting it.
So this is how you do it.
This is the secret.
And practice this a lot.
So, let's practice it with the chords one
more time, one, two, three, four.
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One more time.
One.
Two.
Three.
Four.
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