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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Leave a Reply 5 comments

Walt Peters - October 6, 2011 Reply

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

Justin - October 8, 2011 Reply

yeah, i noticed the tak too. Sharp…

    Jonathan Boettcher - October 8, 2011 Reply

    Yeah, that’s my new baby 🙂

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

Amber - November 28, 2011 Reply

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!

Douglas - January 11, 2015 Reply

Good Ideas and many thanks for the great little lesson

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