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lisaxy424
02-16-2009, 12:34 PM
Well, the title's weird but I don't know how else to explain it!

I've noticed some uke players will squeeze down the strings/fretboard in correlation with their strumming - almost like pulsing. Does this affect the sound, or is it just easier to play? Is it more common than not?

MUCH APPRECIATED! :)

Here's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgevBTjKfZE) a great example of what I'm talking about (in case I'm speaking a different language above)

haole
02-16-2009, 12:42 PM
Usually people do the opposite: they lift their fingers up a little to mute the strings and create a percussive "chunk" sound. But I can see why it looks like squeezing the fretboard a little.

lisaxy424
02-16-2009, 12:48 PM
Ooooohhh! :) It must be hard to time? How do you practice something like that - trial & error?

Thanks for your response! :)

MisoHappy
02-16-2009, 01:20 PM
Well, as a recent example, I've been learning how to play Bandito Tyler. During the intro, the parts Dom indicates as "x", you supposedly lift your fingers to get the muted note, to fill in space, then press them back down to play the next notes....
Is this the right example?

lisaxy424
02-16-2009, 01:52 PM
Cool! Is that the same effect/marking when people put their pinky down to "mute" the strings - or is that something different too?

khrome
02-16-2009, 02:25 PM
Cool! Is that the same effect/marking when people put their pinky down to "mute" the strings - or is that something different too?

I think it's similar - I've seen "I'm Yours" tutorials using both types of mutes. But technically, the squeezing way will only mute the strings you have your fingers on. So if you play the C chord you will only mute the last string and not the other three, whereas pinky mute gets all of them.

EDIT: Warning - I'm new at this too so I might be talking out my a$$ here. But this is just from what I've observed. ;-)

menehunenyc
02-16-2009, 03:00 PM
Everyone is right on this thread Lisa, its meant to kill the sustain on the strings, to give that punchy sound you hear.

deach
02-16-2009, 04:07 PM
....

Here's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgevBTjKfZE) a great example of what I'm talking about (in case I'm speaking a different language above)

who is that?

Howlin Hobbit
02-16-2009, 04:37 PM
who is that?

She's the "5 girl." As in: In the last 5 days that video has gotten 5 times as many views as all 20 -- which is 4 x 5... I'm keepin' the theme goin'! -- of mine put together over the lifetime of my YouTube account.

Yeah, it's cognitive dissonance time. It's true I'm a little jealous but at the same time I think that's fabulous. Luckily I'm a Gemini and have no trouble keeping two or more opposing viewpoints at the same time. :rolleyes:

Oh... and on the subject of this post...

You can do that "relax your hand" bit to mute chords that aren't covering all four strings. It doesn't work on everything, the 0003 C chord being a good example, but if you're playing... say, an F (2010) you relax your hand and roll it a bit so that the finger on the G string touches the C string and the finger on the E string touches the A string.

Playing a G chord (0232) is easy because you only have to worry about one extra string.

It works on a lot of different chords.

Assuming my explanation is at all clear, give it a try.

menehunenyc
02-16-2009, 04:57 PM
She's the "5 girl." As in: In the last 5 days that video has gotten 5 times as many views as all 20 -- which is 4 x 5... I'm keepin' the theme goin'! -- of mine put together over the lifetime of my YouTube account.


Yup, that vid rocks. I like the bushman ukes, played one once, really punchy. Where u been Hobbit?

Howlin Hobbit
02-16-2009, 05:01 PM
Where u been Hobbit?

Errr... mostly right here in my computer chair.

lisaxy424
02-16-2009, 05:42 PM
who is that?

I know I know...but that vid made me post the question once and for all! :)

menehunenyc
02-16-2009, 06:06 PM
Errr... mostly right here in my computer chair.

Oh!! i didn't see you sitting there...in your computer chair. My bad :p

MisoHappy
02-16-2009, 09:55 PM
Cool! Is that the same effect/marking when people put their pinky down to "mute" the strings - or is that something different too?

You're going in the right direction. Khrome is absolutely right. Bandito Tyler's intro is picking, and the pinky mute would work for it, but just lifting your fingers is much quicker, and since I'm already using a tremolo, (is that what it's called if I'm using my pointer?) much easier. It's a fast song so it just works better.

remy
02-18-2009, 06:46 AM
Well, I can't do either :( but I assumed that a picky mute would work better with something like C that only has on string, whereas lifting your fingers might be better for something where there's too many strings to really get your pinky over there easily. But it's pretty much the same effect. Is that right?

Howlin Hobbit
02-18-2009, 08:41 AM
But it's pretty much the same effect. Is that right?

Yep. Muting the strings is muting the strings. You should learn more than one way to do it, depending on the chord(s) you're playing.

HaileISela
02-18-2009, 09:49 AM
I would like to add that if you played a chord with your pinky in it, you couldn't do the pinky mute whereas you can lift the fingers slightly.

plus it's simply less movement sometimes. if you want to make the sound of them chords shorter to put in some extra spicy rhythms, just lift 'em and there you go...

gotrice415510
02-22-2009, 07:23 PM
all it does is make the song have a pulsing sound, like a lot of reggae songs

Lanark
02-23-2009, 02:36 AM
Well, it can be more than a pulse.
It's a way to vary the way you do a strum to give it variety by essentially creating negative spaces. Makes life more interesting than just strumming up and down in fours.

UkuleleThreads
03-28-2012, 08:39 AM
Sometimes I practice the squeezing even without my uke.