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Re: Quieting strings?

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Posted by Carol Kaye on February 10, 2000 at 01:31:13:

In Reply to: Re: Quieting strings? posted by Paul on February 09, 2000 at 13:55:07:

: Mika,

: The most common way to mute while going down is with the left hand. You are doing exactly what you should be doing.
: I know several muting techniques, but I've found that whatever feels most natural to you should be just fine. Good luck....

: P.s. check out the Chuck Rainey Books They show some great examples on muting and other techniques

That's the hard way to do it. Just get a piece of foam and put it underneath your strings close to the bridges, barely touching the strings. This is the studio musicians' way of muting the strings to get rid of the nasty overtones and undertones which kill your sound. The only time I needed more muting was to palm-mute when I cut the "Mission Impossible" TV theme song. The muting is necessary whether it be for live work or studio work -- eliminates the need for unnecessary extra gear then too....25 cents goes a long ways toward a great sound, with total ease of playing. See the new picture with Will Lee on my site - he and Ron Carter presented me with an award last week, others also.

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