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Muting Strings On A 5 or 6-String Bass: A Guide

Nothing ruins a perfectly good bass line, fill or lick than having that incessant low rumble of your loose low  strings. It’s distracting, it can ruin your sound, but most importantly, it can chip away at the foundation of a strong groove.

This is something that can plague you as you make the shift from playing a 4-string to playing a 5 or 6-string bass, but there are ways of dealing with this problem.

In this lesson, you’ll learn 2 separate strategies for dealing with ‘phantom’ vibrations so you can keep your bass lines tight and your fills crisp.

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Now like I say in the video, you could ask 100 different bass players how they deal with this problem, and you’ll likely get 100 different answers. What I’ve shown you works for me – and it very well may work for you.

But like I always say – experiment and find out what works for YOU! After all, the bass is a relatively young instrument, and there is more than one way to skin a cat.

Do you have another way of dealing with this problem? Let me know in the comments below!

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Good luck with the lesson, and happy playing!


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2 Responses to Muting Strings On A 5 or 6-String Bass: A Guide

  1. jim bax June 2, 2015 at 11:19 pm #

    Luke, Thanks, man. Just got a Tradition 5 string and I love it. but I’ve been struggling with muting. I’m going to try your idea now… Perfect timing…. but then that’s what we do, isn’t it?
    best regards, Jim

    • Luke McIntosh June 5, 2015 at 6:17 am #

      Hey Jim – I’m glad you’re going to give it a try. Like I said, there are tons of ways of dealing with this problem. Let me know how you do with the ways I suggested.


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