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 jrb
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I just started playing again after about 15 years off. I have light strings on my guitar and when I change chords there is alot of extra noise from the strings ringing through the soundhole of the guitar. How do I eliminate the extra tones? If I strum a chord down and hold it then swith chords it is the most irritating. Thanks!


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 Nils
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Can you describe the sound a little more? Is it the scraping of your fingers on the strings? Is it a buzzing sound like something hitting metal? Does it do it if you hold say an E chord and strum lightly?

Try fretting each string from the 1st to the 12th fret one at a time and play a single note on each one and see if the extra sound happens. If so remember what string and where you were fretting.

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Hi, jrb, and welcome to the party.

It sound like the strings are sticking to your fingers as you lift off. Then, as the strings separate from your fingers they're resonating.

Do you press incredibly hard, or do you have incredibly sweaty fingers? There is probably an easy answer to your question, but we'll need to know where we're starting from.

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A :-)

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Just a thought expanding on Alan's post.
Your fingertips are probably pretty soft right now so the string sticking may be a real possibility and if so it should go away as you develop your calluses.


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 jrb
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Ok that's probably it. It's not a buzzing sound and it does happen more often after I play a while and my fingers start to get tired. I do press fairly hard though. Thanks!


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 Nils
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Ok that's probably it. It's not a buzzing sound and it does happen more often after I play a while and my fingers start to get tired. I do press fairly hard though. Thanks!
Well, see how easy that was. The noise will go away when the pain goes away. And by the way, that will just suddenly happen and soon.

In the interim just press as light as you can and as close to the fret wire as possible.

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Oh yeah. Welcome to GN

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be careful not to press too hard though, or you will push the strings and make them sound sharp

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