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Post subject: Muted Strings - Re-Beginner
Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:01 pm
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I'm using Fender Play and 1 of it's competitors to learn, starting from lesson 1. 20 years or so ago I played around some with basic chords and riffs but this is my first serious attempt to really stick with it.

As I'm going through the lessons, the chords surprisingly are coming back much faster than 1st time around. However, on both guitars I have (1965 Fender Mustang and modern GLP) I have some issues with muted strings.

My question is this. Should I continue progressing in the lessons despite inconsistency with muted strings, counting on repeated use and practice to help resolve the issue? Or, continue playing current lessons on basic chords and exercises until it's no longer an issue at least X% of the time?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!


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Post subject: Re: Muted Strings - Re-Beginner
Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:02 pm
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My advise it to determine where and how you are unintentionally muting the strings and correct it.
Learn to play your lesson cleanly (not muddy, no unintended mutes) and then move on.
It should only slow you down in the beginning.
Once you get used to playing cleanly you will carry your good habits forward with you through the lessons.
Making bad habits now and pressing forward without correcting them only leads to frustration down the road.

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Post subject: Re: Muted Strings - Re-Beginner
Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:09 pm
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Welcome to the forums, sdiver68. I agree with BMW-KTM but I have one thing to add. I wouldn't worry about the tempo too much. What I mean is, if your exercise is at 120bpm but you can play it cleanly at 100bpm I think that's good enough to move on. As long as you are playing cleanly. Have fun!

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Post subject: Re: Muted Strings - Re-Beginner
Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:46 pm
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Marky Forrest wrote:
Welcome to the forums, sdiver68. I agree with BMW-KTM but I have one thing to add. I wouldn't worry about the tempo too much. What I mean is, if your exercise is at 120bpm but you can play it cleanly at 100bpm I think that's good enough to move on. As long as you are playing cleanly. Have fun!

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Post subject: Re: Muted Strings - Re-Beginner
Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:25 am
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BMW-KTM wrote:
. . . Making bad habits now and pressing forward without correcting them only leads to frustration down the road.

My two cents.
You said it brother. I’ve been on that road. Keep at it sdiver68, and you’ll soon be muting strings when you want to. :wink:
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Post subject: Re: Muted Strings - Re-Beginner
Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:30 am
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I can boil it down to a single thing one of my instructors told me that always stuck with me:

"Slow and clean is ALWAYS better than fast and sloppy".


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