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Old 20-01-2012, 09:37 AM   #1
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Matt Bellamys muting / guitar technique

Hi.

I've read a few threads, but nothing on this particular subject.
When Matt plays most of his solos live, he uses sort of a power chord to mute the strings he doesn't need. In stead of just picking one string, when the solo is only on one string, he picks all the strings. I really can't explain it any simpler than that. Does any one want to tell me something about this technique?

I have watched a whole lot of videos of both him, and people doing guitar covers in order to figure it out.

Check out these examples.

Sunburn 2006. During the solo here he uses that "power chord". I could not embed this.
http://youtu.be/n5ujX9OtfWk?t=2m35s

This great cover of CE. Check out 4:18 +
http://www.youtube.com/embed/d2_9JN93f3w

And also this guy, from about 2:10.
http://www.youtube.com/embed/7lU6FTDb3Bg
Could someone help me with this? Maybe "tab" it out?
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Old 20-01-2012, 09:40 AM   #2
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Well, he mutes the other strings as he strums? If you practice enough you'll get the hang of it

It's more difficult when he does that technique on just the one string
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Old 20-01-2012, 09:40 AM   #3
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you just rest your unused fingers over the other strings to mute them and then strum wildly. it's poor technique to be fair, but it sort of works well in bellamy's case.
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Old 20-01-2012, 10:07 AM   #4
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it's not poor technique if it sounds good!! I do it all the time.

You have to be careful not to set off harmonics. I usually use two fingers if I can to make sure it's properly muting
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Old 20-01-2012, 05:55 PM   #5
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Aren't Sunburn and CE solopart just octaves anyway?

Isn't this how Cave on the album is played?
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Old 20-01-2012, 06:06 PM   #6
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Meh, easy technique really. Makes it so playing requires less precision and sounds pretty good at the same time. I use it instinctively now-a-days so I can't really describe how to do it as I don't really notice when I'm doing it. It's nothing special though really, quite a few artists do it.
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Old 20-01-2012, 06:17 PM   #7
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Common technique used by many. John Frusciante uses it a lot.
Most of the time the left hand shapes the sound much more than the picking hand. This is one example of that.
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Old 20-01-2012, 06:18 PM   #8
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I think the weirdest part of this thread is the fact that he labelled an Esparoba cover as great ...
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Old 20-01-2012, 10:01 PM   #9
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It comes naturally after playing for a while. Raking muted strings prior to hitting the note that you want to sustain adds a percussive element to the sound. When I finger pick a part I will use the nails of some of my fingers to do the same thing when playing both lead and rhythm parts.

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Old 21-01-2012, 04:35 AM   #10
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I think the weirdest part of this thread is the fact that he labelled an Esparoba cover as great ...
What exactly is it that K&T has against Esparoba. He's not the greatest but it's pretty much the norm to just hate him.
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What exactly is it that K&T has against Esparoba. He's not the greatest but it's pretty much the norm to just hate him.
It's basically a mixture of distaste, jealously, and annoyance at him.

He makes himself out to be the most amazing guitar player that's ever lived, whilst playing on all these expensive guitars and 'signature' amps.

Thing is, he's been playing for years and he's still average, and everything he buys gets paid for by his daddy.

Just how he comes across to me anyway, he could be a great guy for all I know.

Still jealous of his gear anyway.

By the way OP, dis is pretty easy.
|-x-x-x-x-x-x-------x-x-x-x-x-x-x-
|-x-x-x-x-x-x-------x-x-x-x-x-x-x-
|-x-x-x-x-x-7-------x-x-x-x-x-x-x-
|-6-6-6-6-6-x-------x-x-6-6-6-6-6-
|-x-x-x-x-x-x-------x-x-x-x-x-x-x-
|-x-x-x-x-x-x-------x-x-x-x-x-x-x-

Just play everything like that, with your index finger muting all the strings. Play notes with your other fingers.

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He's from Belgium. That's it
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Old 21-01-2012, 01:58 PM   #13
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Just play everything like that, with your index finger muting all the strings. Play notes with your other fingers.
I tend to use my thumb to mute any strings above my index which, I think, is much easier. Each to their own though.
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Old 21-01-2012, 02:35 PM   #14
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I tend to use my thumb to mute any strings above my index which, I think, is much easier. Each to their own though.
Apparently that's bad technique, limits the amount of frets you can stretch, but I do it too. I just find it easier. Probably because, as a whole, my technique is sloppy as fuck.
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