How to reduce open string noise when fingering

Discussion in 'rec.music.guitar' started by edaMydaer, Sep 2, 2003.

  1. edaMydaer

    edaMydaer Guest

    Hi, I've been playing guitar for years on and off, still a newbie.
    Recently I started playing guitar again and I found I make lots of
    open string noise when I play clean tone in fair amount of volume.

    good example of this is
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    ---12h-13h-15p-13p-12-----12h-13h-15p-13p-12--
    14---------------------14--------------------- repeat
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    or
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    ---13h-15h-13------13h-15h-13-----------------
    ---------------------------------------------- repeat
    14-------------14-----------------------------
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    I constantly hear G(or D) open string noise when I play above fast.

    I found my finger is about 1/5 inch ~ 1 inch higher from string when I
    done fretting the note, so it makes pull-off note. faster lick makes
    it louder pull offs.

    I used to used my thumb near the thumbnail to remove the noise but I
    end up sound 'staccato' so I'm trying not to use my thumb all the
    time.

    My options are
    1. Improve thumb technique to sound more fluid
    2. Practice to lower my finger or just above the string so as to mute
    the string
    3. barre index finger all the time

    I'd like to hear any of your opinion

    Thanks
  2. Various things will work at different times. There is no one-size-fits-all
    solution.

    Jazz guys used to (heck still might, I don't know) use a mute. I have done
    so in recording but don't normally.

    A bandmate stole one of his wife's elastic hair things, which he put
    behind the nut. It did the same basic thing and had the whole "object from
    your wife/girlfriend on your guitar" vibe, which was pretty cool. :)

    Other than that, it's practice, practice, practice! Learn to mute with your
    picking and fretting hands. You'll want to do both or either depending on
    where you are coming from and where you are going to and what effect you want
    to have. Palm muting will often sound different than choking off a ringing
    note with your fretting hand index finger.

    I find the best place to practice is to put your electric guitar on medium
    gain with no FX. YOu get enough clarity to hear your notes but the gain
    picks up any mistakos. If you want a real challenge, put a bit of delay on.
    Then you REALLY notice the mistakes!

    Jay
    --
    J. Verkuilen jayv@uiuc.edu
    "You spend too much time reading, Spenser. You know more stuff that don't
    make you money than anyone I know." --Lennie Seltzer (Robert B. Parker)

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