View Full Version : uhmmm... strumming question

07-03-2009, 08:41 AM
hi everyone, i'm sorry to bother you with this, but i just have no idea how everyone does this:

you know the strumming technique where you lift your fingers just a bit so that the sound dies? right now i'm trying to play "free" by donavon frankenreiter. in the intro you have to do it:


i think i know how to do it but with a chord that has one empty string (i mean theres no finger on that string.. like with the G chord, the G string is empty), this one string doesnt stop playing. it really doesnt sound good that way because the pauses make the rhythm.:wallbash:

i hope someone understands what i mean? can anyone help me with that? i'm sorry for no knowing the right expressions but i've been playing for just a week now...

help please because i'd be uber stoked if i could play this song!!
Thank you!

07-03-2009, 08:45 AM
You're right. That muting technique only works with four finger chords. Otherwise you need to find a way to briefly touch the open string, with with your fretting fingers, or "palm muting" all four with your right hand. Sometimes (depending on fingering) I can use the little finger of my left hand and sort of "barre" the four strings to mute them.

07-03-2009, 08:47 AM
Search the forums for pinky mute and palm mute. Aldrine has a Uke Minute for each as well.

07-03-2009, 09:18 AM
FYI - when you have an "empty string," as you call it, we refer to it as an "open string." In the G chord, for example, the G string is open. It just helps to have a common language.

I actually find the pinky mute difficult to do, and almost never use it. Aldrine is awesome, and it's one of his trademarks. If you manage to get it down, you'll be in a good spot.

I actually do my left hand muting on a case by case basis. If I'm muting a G chord, I use my thumb to mute the G string and release the pressure with my other fingers. I'll see if I can make a video for you...

But here are some helpful video lessons for the pinky mute below. Good luck!

Pinky Mute
Another Aldrine trademark, the pinky mute is taught in this lesson.

One Drop
This lesson is primarily meant to teach the pinky mute, but also teaches the chord and applies the reggae pinky mute strum technique to Bob Marley’s One Drop.

07-03-2009, 09:24 AM
Here's a video that might help:

http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q271/seeso_photos/videos/th_gmute.jpg (http://s138.photobucket.com/albums/q271/seeso_photos/videos/?action=view&current=gmute.flv)

pink flamingo
07-03-2009, 09:37 AM
Yay I was struggling with the same issue thanking you for asking it for me and thank you all for answering.

07-03-2009, 10:08 AM
wow you are really quick. and helpful, thanks guys.
ill practice using the method in the video seeso posted (thanks!) for the G chord and the Em chord. that was really helpful i would have never thought about using my thumb!
i like the palm mute but i feel like its not as accurate as the pinky mute so i'm going to try to learn it (its really tricky...) hopefully i'll manage...

if you had a chord with 3 OPEN :D strings, like a C chord or a Am chord, what would be your preferred muting technique?

thank you :D
it sounds way better (aka it doesnt suck anymore) but i still need to practice it so it actually sounds good ;)

@ pink flamingo: yay i helped someone... sweet!

07-03-2009, 11:00 AM
if you had a chord with 3 OPEN :D strings, like a C chord or a Am chord, what would be your preferred muting technique?

I don't have time to make a video right now, but for a C chord, I would use a free finger to mute the strings. Not usually my pinky. I'll make a video later, k?

07-03-2009, 11:29 AM
I'm with Seeso. Haven't mastered the pinky mute. Another option is to try a chord inversion with a barre. For instance, a C chord can be played by barring the 3rd fret and using an A shape. I find I can play almost any chord comfortably with a bar.

This is probably why I haven't been able to force myself to learn the pinky mute. I always seem to find a way to avoid it.