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Newbie Slide Question


(@iraesq)
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I've been messing around with some slide guitar. I've been having trouble dampening the strings behind the slide as I get closer to the nut (usually frets 1 and 2). The dampening fingers run out of room and the sound is impacted as a result. Any suggestions?


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(@ricochet)
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The need for damping behind the slide diminishes also as you get closer to the nut. You may need to supplement it with picking hand damping. You have fingertips, side of thumb, heel of hand and pinky side edge of palm all available.

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(@tinsmith)
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You need to dampen with both hands. Rest your thumb cross the strings you don't need to hear.

Play with your fingers. Fingers are easier in the beginning......teachs you to contol it instead of settling for overtones.

Good luck, keep with it & don't give up.

Suddenly one day it will click & then it'll be second nature to you.

Just like Rico said....


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(@iraesq)
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Thanks for those tips. I'll give it a go tonight. I've been working on Mean Old World, so a lot it is played in frets 1-3. It's good to be forced to learn new techniques.


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(@dogbite)
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your right hand palm can be applied to the strings wwith varying pressure. I just barely touch them sometimes to reduce sustain. I call that damping. with more pressure I call it muting.

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