Without good bass muting technique, the notes you mean to play will get smothered by the rumbling racket of ringing strings.
1:00 - What Is Bass Muting?
1:16 - Sympathetic Vibration Can Destroy You
2:13 - Muting Fix #1: The Thumb Mute
2:42 - Fix #2: The Pull Across
3:43 - Fix #3: The Sneaky Finger
4:05 - “You Give Love A Bad Name” Tutorial
4:40 - “Bad Name” Muting Walkthrough
5:41 - Fretting Hand Muting is Hard
6:01 - Fix #4: The String Sitter
6:59 - Fix #5: The Flat Hand
7:43 - “Bad Name” Muting Revisited
8:56 - The Big Bass Muting Test
9:57 - “Bad Name” Play-along
If you’re doing the Beginner to Badass course, this lesson would fit anywhere after Module 4, but keep in mind that muting takes a long time to master, especially the fretting hand techniques!
The Five Bass Muting Fixes
For those who prefer a text summary:
Plucking Hand Techniques
- The Thumb Mute - use your thumb to cover the E and A strings
- The Pull Across - pluck towards the next string down to keep it muted
- The Sneaky Finger - sneak in your ring and pinky to cover the E, A, and even D strings
Fretting Hand Techniques
- The String Sitter - leave your finger(s) resting on the string between notes
- The Flat Hand - flatten out your fretting fingers, especially your index, to keep the high strings covered that you aren’t playing
How did the big muting test go for you at the end?