Muting 12

Animated Muting 12 tab by ActionTab on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

This exercise is from the Core Skills section on Muting.

Now let's try out a little funk tune. After the previous exercises this one should be a lot easier to get to grips with.

We mute across all the strings again by clasping around the neck using thumb and forefinger. We play a simple repetitive riff starting on the 7th fret, and then do the same thing 2 frets lower at the 5th fret. Repeat.

The trick is to keep the strumming hand wrist constantly active. Keep picking up and down. Some of the notes are muted and others are hammered or normally fretted. Listen to the tune a few times until you get the groove of the riff into your head. Listen to the normal speed audio too. Once you are familiar with that, it will be easier for you to get a feel for when to mute strings and when to apply pressure to fret notes.

Once you can get a good regular rhythm, try making your own little funky riffs up from scales that you know (this is just using that good old pentatonic minor scale for B at fret 7 and A at fret 5). Use muting as the rhythmic backbone and strike fretted notes at different intervals to come up with some interesting grooves!

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