Muting The E String

One of the things that beginner guitar players have a lot of difficulty with is getting a good clear sound out of their chords.

I know, I've suffered through hearing lots of muddy guitar chords!

One of the most common reasons for this is including strings that shouldn't be played along with the chord. For instance, the low E string doesn't belong in these common open chords: C, A, Am, Bm, D, F, Dm, etc.

When you hit that low E along with the rest of the chord, it just muddies the water and makes your chord sound indistinct, and in some cases, pretty horrible.

So, I like to mute that E string, and this video will explain a couple of ways that I do that.

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5 Responses to “Muting The E String”

  1. Walt Peters October 6, 2011 at 3:53 am #

    I like the New Takemine....Good Muting lesson...
    Thank you...John

  2. Justin October 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    yeah, i noticed the tak too. Sharp...

    • Jonathan October 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

      Yeah, that's my new baby 🙂

      Maybe one of these days I'll make a video and talk about it a bit.

  3. Amber November 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    I like the idea about touching the E when playing a different chord. My E always buzzes anyway because my guitar is kind of cheap, so I'm going to try this out. Thanks!

  4. Douglas January 11, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

    Good Ideas and many thanks for the great little lesson

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