All Stop Mute

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For this lesson, we’re going to be discussing muting all of the strings with your strumming hand. This can be useful stylistically, but it can also be helpful if you accidentally hit a wrong note somewhere!

To do this, you’re going to use the outside part of your strumming hand - the edge of your palm. It’s a small but important movement - just a small twist of the wrist to mute all of the strings in one go. Work on it slowly and try to feel out your own anatomy and mechanics. See what works best for you. Also, this is a good time to pay attention to your hand placement over the strings.

As I said, this is great for when you make a mistake and need the wrong notes to stop ringing out! There’s nothing worse than the wrong note going on for a full bar. This is also good when playing riffs, again, in case you hit the wrong note somewhere - and sometimes you might want a short note - so you can use for that too!

You’ll find that this type of mute is pretty common in reggae and ska music, too. For this style of music, you don’t mute after beat 1. Rather, you mute immediately after you strum the chord. This makes the chords shorter and more staccato - we'll be exploring this more a little later - but no hard in exploring it on your own a bit if that is the music you love.

This technique is something you’ll want to start working on! It’s a good one to practice with your Perfect Fast Changes exercise practising both the mute and the changes at the same time. Two birds, one stone. Not that I condone throwing stones at birds ;)

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