There are 3 common types of muting to help you gain expressive control over your sound.

Finger Muting

The C Major chord is a classic example of where your 3rd finger, while fretting the 5th string, also lightly touches the 6th string to keep it from vibrating. Even though your strumming hand doesn’t play the 6th string, this keeps the string from vibrating in sympathy and helps to add clarity to the chord.

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Chord Muting

The F Major chord is an example of where you can lift your fingers slightly in order to stop the strings from vibrating. This happens quite naturally when you change chords, but is also used to add rhythmic emphasis when the chord does not change.

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Palm Muting

For chords with open strings, use the palm of your strumming hand to touch the strings near the bridge, stopping them from vibrating. Used for rhythmic expression and clarity similar to chord muting, but resting your palm on or slightly behind the bridge can also be used to create interesting tones.


With a little practice, you will start using these muting techniques quite naturally and they will become an integral part of your playing.

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