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Your Bass Muting Technique Sounds Like S**t (How to Fix It)

  • Published on Jun 18, 2020 veröffentlicht
  • 👉 My full beginner bass course: yeah.bassbuzz.com/muting
    Without good bass muting technique, the notes you mean to play will get smothered by the rumbling racket of ringing strings.
    Muting means keeping strings from ringing that you don’t want ringing so that your bass lines sound clean and clear - and not like a muddy inaudible mess.
    In this lesson I’ll walk you through the five muting fixes most pro bass players to keep ringing and noise out of the picture.
    Fixes #1, #2, and #3 will start with your plucking hand, giving you a solid foundation for keeping your low strings muted. I’ll show you each fix, and then we’ll put them into action with the main riff from Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love A Bad Name.”
    But plucking hand muting is only part of the bass muting equation - we need to get the fretting hand in to finish the job. Fixes #4 and #5 will show you how to keep your higher strings quiet with a couple simple tweaks.
    Getting the plucking hand muting together is something most beginners can handle with some practice. But nailing the fretting hand muting will take more time, well into your intermediate stage of development. So don’t expect to nail fixes #4 and #5 on day 1 - get your plucking hand tight first, then start working on the fretting hand.
    We’ll try out all 5 fixes with “The Big Bass Muting Test,” where you can make sure there are no holes in your muting. Then we’ll wrap up and play some Bon Jovi together.
    There may be some terrible singing in the last 20 seconds - I plead insanity.
    Did this lesson totally change your muting game? If so you should probably subscribe so you don’t miss any more gamechangers - yeah.bassbuzz.com/subscribe
    #bassmutingtechnique #yougivebassabadname
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Comments • 435

  • BassBuzz
    BassBuzz  3 years ago +145

    What muting technique are you struggling with the most? 👍👆✋🎸
    *Timestamps for this lesson:*
    1:00 - What Is Bass Muting?
    1:16 - Sympathetic Vibration Can Destroy You
    2:13 - Muting Fix #1: The Thumb Mute
    2:42 - Fix #2: The Pull Across
    3:43 - Fix #3: The Sneaky Finger
    4:05 - “You Give Love A Bad Name” Tutorial
    4:40 - “Bad Name” Muting Walkthrough
    5:41 - Fretting Hand Muting is Hard
    6:01 - Fix #4: The String Sitter
    6:59 - Fix #5: The Flat Hand
    7:43 - “Bad Name” Muting Revisited
    8:56 - The Big Bass Muting Test
    9:57 - “Bad Name” Play-along

    • pickbassguitar
      pickbassguitar 2 years ago

      2 weeks, but this came out like 2 days ago...

    • 60DegreeLobWedge
      60DegreeLobWedge 2 years ago +2

      This was great but please do one about muting when playing with a pick. Thanks!

    • John Doe
      John Doe 2 years ago +1

      The sneaky finger is the one I struggle with the most

    • Sgt Barnes
      Sgt Barnes 2 years ago

      Just started, so all of them.

    • Darren Thompson
      Darren Thompson 2 years ago

      Now I've been incorporating all these teqniuques in my playing for a while . My band noticed a huge improvement in my playing especially when it comes to the string sitter which took me a little while to perfect, but once I became comfortable with it the tunes I play have more clarity and attack ! Outstanding work Josh and keep up the excellent work !

  • b g
    b g 2 years ago +833

    still can't believe this kind of energy and enthusiasm in a lesson is free...

  • Gorlung
    Gorlung Year ago +102

    This lesson is an absolute gem for beginners. Don't underestimate it! So many people on Clip-Share posting videos how they play their favorite songs' covers, when in fact they play it shitty (even after years of practice).
    I am not a Bon Jovi fan, but the track is a perfect choice for the exercise.
    And one more advice for beginners. If you think, that you play the exercise good enough, try to play with a metronome (you will definitely find something to improve) .
    Thank you, Josh! (planning to order your online course, 'cause your efforts worth the support).

    • Gorlung
      Gorlung 7 days ago +2

      Promised to purchase your course. I have finally completed after three weeks of intensive practice

  • jacko robertson
    jacko robertson 2 years ago +314

    I started playing bass literally 12 days ago and you’ve helped me so much

    • Dat Boi
      Dat Boi 2 years ago +13

      Instruments arent jobs. They arent learned in a couple months and done from there. You learn the instrument forever.

    • don't mind me
      don't mind me 2 years ago +10

      @Johnny i've been olaying base for 2 days now too, got mine on tuesday, fretting and moving notes is also hard for me, im sure a lot of practice will make this muscle memory after a while. Just keep practicing i guess

    • Edgar
      Edgar 2 years ago +5

      Johnny Simon sameee. And when I try to do it, it hurts my finger a lot 😂. I guess people get used to that. And it’s hard to fret as well. At least I can slap all 4 strings without missing after 4 days of practice.

    • don't mind me
      don't mind me 2 years ago +5

      @Edgar i have been playing bass for about 2 weeks now and fretting has become easier! Still not easy but i'm sure if you just practice you'll get used to it

    • Faze Shrek
      Faze Shrek 2 years ago +1

      How's it going now man, U slappin yet?

  • K.I.BlacktheSongwriter

    I lost my index, middle and ring finger on my left hand at a long time ago.
    So when I started to play the bass, I had to modify my bass for lefty, put a 2kg weight to make a preferred body balance to play, and then pluck the strings with my thumb mainly.
    I cannot even say that I can play the bass yet, but the tips on this channel really help me.
    Thank you so much.
    I will advance with your help.

    • Maikel Versantvoort
      Maikel Versantvoort 11 months ago +13

      It’s awesome that you’re learning to play the bass in your own way, good luck and enjoy!

    • shadowchu419
      shadowchu419 11 months ago +5

      Dude good luck on your bass journey

    • Eoghan
      Eoghan 6 months ago +1

      Sucks that 99% of instruments need fingers, the handpan doesn't, check that out?

  • Light Foot
    Light Foot 2 years ago +593

    I told my bassist about your channel. I can tell he not watching.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  2 years ago +136


    • Silver surfer
      Silver surfer 2 years ago +12

      Bwhahahahahaha LoL

    • Emmanuel Bueno
      Emmanuel Bueno 2 years ago +10

      HAHAHAHAHA Damn. Just forward a video to him.

    • Diphylleia
      Diphylleia 5 months ago +3

      This ice cold tea right here 💀💀

    • Kasey
      Kasey 2 months ago +1

      Cold. Blooded.

  • Steve
    Steve 5 months ago +7

    Josh, such a valuable lesson and all about what not to let ring. Your technique advice is outstanding and your humor is just a touch below that but still fun and keeps it interesting for us noobs. Thank you again for posting all that you do!

  • Rohit Deshpande
    Rohit Deshpande 2 years ago +10

    I started playing bass little over a month now. I have learnt amazing techniques from each and every video of yours. Your exercises are great and fun to learn. I always wanted to see a video of eliminating the unwanted sounds - Thanks this helps a lot :)

  • André de Paula Gomes
    André de Paula Gomes 2 years ago +8

    This channel has too little subscribers for it's content. Your videos are really helpful, keep up with that great content :)

  • usynin
    usynin 2 years ago +2

    Please keep making these, I love these videos so much. Your communication is so bright and engaging, easy to follow but not condescending or baby talky. I NEED these keep it up!!

  • peachgrave
    peachgrave 3 months ago +1

    This is one of the most helpful videos on your channel! I learned bad technique years ago and now trying to unlearn it lol … after just watching I’m struggling with accidentally hitting strings when I’m trying to mute but already understand more and see improvement. Thank you!!

  • TheDunc Tank
    TheDunc Tank 5 months ago +2

    I started playing bass this year, and these videos are the most illuminating and helpful I've found. Thank you for your work.

  • marimeiku
    marimeiku Year ago

    I’ve been wanting to learn bass for well over a decade and I finally made a 365 practice commitment. I found your channel about a week into it and here I am 2 months later still at it. Your tutorials give me the instruction and motivation I need to keep going. I love your attitude and your explanations are so clear. Thanks for being a great teacher!

  • Chelsea Rebecca
    Chelsea Rebecca 2 years ago +17

    Yay new video! I just finished the bass to badass course and it's AMAZING the difference it made. Thank you for making this instrument so accessible and unintimidating!!

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  2 years ago

      Congrats on finishing the course Chelsea! Glad it was helpful.

  • Solid Wire
    Solid Wire 2 years ago +18

    When you do parody versions of songs it's incredibly entertaining. You're like the Weird Al of bass!

    • pleromic pastry
      pleromic pastry 2 years ago +1

      Agreed. His sense of humor is most excellent.

  • Nathan Mantle
    Nathan Mantle 4 months ago +1

    Your videos are great, love your approach to not just the teaching itself, but the editing and even the "branding" (e.g. the orange theme). A great model for what I'd like my own teaching channel to be like eventually!

  • None of your Business
    None of your Business 2 years ago

    Glad to see that I developed all of these by myself in the last decades, so I haven't missed any. Thanks for putting them together. Now my new 5-strings require me to re-think my approach and be more mindful of moving my muting fingers (ring and pinky) further up than I used to need to. Now 5 strings are still doable, but I think it puts me off 6-string basses for life - one more string than I have fingers to mute. Also, if I want high notes, I use a mandolin, dammit! 😋😉

  • Jonathan Sweatt
    Jonathan Sweatt 2 years ago +2

    Man I just started playing bass and I excited to learn. But I'm glad that this video is here because I can progress to being a better bassist. Keep up the awesome work!

  • Shar Pei Dad
    Shar Pei Dad 2 years ago

    You do a phenomenal job of making this fun, Josh. Please keep these great videos rolling

  • Carlos Chitiva
    Carlos Chitiva Month ago

    Amazing lesson! I didn't realize how important these small (yet HUGE) details are. But I'll work to improve my sound.
    Many thanks!

  • Mark B
    Mark B 2 years ago +30

    Josh at first I was a mess with rumbling strings , the mute secrets came with time , not to mention the flying little finger , very good video kind sir.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  2 years ago +3

      Thanks Mark!

    • Shlomo Shekelstein
      Shlomo Shekelstein 2 years ago

      Bro wtf? Another Mark B that also plays bass?

    • Mark B
      Mark B 2 years ago

      I'm not sure who the other Mark B is do you have a link ,
      Ive played bass for 45 years now

  • Tinfoil Hat1
    Tinfoil Hat1 2 years ago

    Adding on to the pull across: it is very important to learn the pull across muting technique because certain songs such as teen town (weather report) require that you anchor off the e string for the first part of the phrase (unless you use a floating thumb technique).

  • George Goodfellow
    George Goodfellow 3 months ago +1

    Just starting bass after playing guitar and while my fretting is pretty good my plucking hand was learning from scratch. You are helping my journey bro.

  • RaphaRapha
    RaphaRapha 2 years ago +3

    Been playing bass for a little more than a year, i thought that my muting techniques were pretty decent but actually there's plenty of room for improvement, thank you for the video :)

  • Nicolò Fiore
    Nicolò Fiore 2 years ago

    Probably one of the best bass focused channel on yt! Thank you for all these awesome lessons :)

  • Weavaloid
    Weavaloid Year ago +2

    Honestly this is such a great tutorial, once I've been playing with an amp I thought there was something wrong with my guitar cause my other cheap ass bass guitar didn't make those ringing sounds and stuff. Thanks for the great help!

  • Felipe Figueiredo
    Felipe Figueiredo 2 years ago +50

    Great video! Could you talk about how to pick up faster songs and the gist of speeding up with harder techniques?

    • Ampharos Games
      Ampharos Games 2 years ago +9

      Practice to a metronome set to a very slow speed and speed it up on a day to day basis! I didnt wanna do it in the beginning aswell, but after doing it, i can say that its really effective.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  2 years ago +35

      In the words of Mark King: "Start slow... and get faster"
      Navy Seals: "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast"
      Local drum legend Kendrick Freeman: "Practice slowly, improve quickly. Practice quickly, improve slowly." :)

    • Brux
      Brux 2 years ago +5

      Adam Neely has a great video called “The Trick to Playing Bass Fast (according to sports psychology)” where he talks about playing quick but slowly, think this would fit exactly what you’re trying to learn!

    • Felipe Figueiredo
      Felipe Figueiredo 2 years ago +5

      Thanks y'all for the great advice!!
      I'll try to put these tips in action, I really appreciate the time you took to answer.

  • Valeria Moreno
    Valeria Moreno 2 years ago +1

    Hi! here Val, from Santiago, Chile. I just wanted to tell you that I started to learn bass a couple of months ago (at 39 yo...I know!) and your videos are BRILLIANT. As an amateur guitar and ukelele player that mostly play with chords, my plucking sucks, and your videos had helped my HEAPS. Thank you so much for the content. Also, you are hilarious.

  • Moz
    Moz 5 months ago +2

    Wow. I was doing the "string-sitter" technique all along. I always try to be aware of how long a note is ringing out because it sets the mood of what I'm playing.
    Coincidently, I let my little sister noodle on my bass for the first time and she did the same thing. I didn't tell her to mute any strings, but she just did it anyway. She's a natural

  • mad music
    mad music 2 years ago

    Im a really new bassist / music instrument player and this is the kind of technique i've been searching for. I've been doing the thumb, pull across and the flat hand most of the time. This video really help me a lot. thanks.

  • Tom Litterick
    Tom Litterick 2 years ago

    Hey man. I really like your videos and like the info and the way you deliver it. Comedy is definitely the best way to learn. I am an intermediate player and would like a bit of content based around that skill level in the way of exercises and drills. The most helpful video for me was where you broke down an exercise into 5 levels. If you could do more of them that would be awesome. Cheers

  • Jay Ayers
    Jay Ayers 2 years ago

    Great lesson. The muting test at the end 9:00 was a revelation for me. It explained a lot and reinforces the technique.
    I like this style of lesson. Reminds me of a PBS show.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  2 years ago

      Glad it helped Jay! Next up - Reading Rainbow.

  • Az Grandpa
    Az Grandpa 9 months ago

    Learning the basics needs a good teacher that explains the basics correctly. You do that!! Bless your soul for helping so many of us.

  • Samantha Schechter
    Samantha Schechter 2 years ago

    Thanks for this video! I was just thinking about how I needed muting help. Your videos are always so helpful and encouraging! :)

  • Quiet Storm
    Quiet Storm 2 years ago +1

    Great video.. love the work you're doing.. much appreciated 🙏.. so many would love to pay for the course but can't afford to.. these videos are a great help... 👍

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  2 years ago +2

      Glad I can help! Plenty more free vids coming. :)

  • lsmith604
    lsmith604 8 days ago

    THANK YOU for explaining why I felt like I was going crazy. I KNEW I didn’t touch those strings and they were still vibrating, leading me to be confused why it was happening.

  • SonicXRage
    SonicXRage 2 years ago +39

    This is a good video because it goes into more detail on muting than most videos ("jUsT mOvE yOuR rIgHt HaNd AnD lEfT hAnD dOwN aT tHe SaMe TiMe"), *_BUT,_* like most videos, you missed an *_extremely important_* muting tip: plucking hand thumb placement. Let's say I'm trying to play an old school R&B song. I decided to pluck the strings somewhere close to the neck for that classic fat sound. I'm going my merry way, but I quickly notice a faint ringing sound coming from the strings _underneath my plucking hand's thumb._ I'm doing _everything_ Josh said, yet it's as if the laws of physics just don't work properly for me! Fortunately, the weird muting problems aren't actually caused by a glitch in real life: This strange phenomenon is just caused by my thumb touching a harmonic node (or whatever you music geeks call it). Fixing this issue is simple: I just need to move my plucking hand closer to either the neck or the bridge until there's no more faint, high-pitched ringing coming from the strings my thumb is muting. But since where you pluck also changes your tone, I'll have to try moving my plucking hand both ways to find a spot with a good tone and no annoying "thumb harmonics." So I try moving even closer to the neck--- sounds a little too fat for me. What if I try moving slightly away from the neck? ...That sounds pretty good! Not too fat, not too tight! And no more rebellious singing coming from underneath my thumb! Note: Remember that, while I decided to avoid going very close to the neck, you might like the sound of playing very close, or even on top of, the neck. How you shape your tone is entirely up to you.
    This tip both saved my sanity and improved my tone. Also, I find that moving to avoid "thumb harmonics" usually gives me a better tone as a byproduct.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  2 years ago +15

      Good point! You can end up with harmonics issues any time you're using a single point of contact for muting, which is why I usually use multiple muting strategies at once. Avoiding nodes helps too!

    • Ginger Ale
      Ginger Ale 2 years ago +1

      ive been trying to figure out why this was for a while, this should be pinned imo

  • Clussell
    Clussell 2 years ago

    Thank you, this was fantastic! I'm a beginner and found this very helpful. Especially the breakdown of which muting strategy to use with which note in the Bon Jovi song.

  • floouk
    floouk 2 years ago

    Great channel. Very entertaining lessons. You're a fine player and an even finer teacher. Congratulations and more power to your elbow.

  • Roy Mylchreest
    Roy Mylchreest Year ago

    Josh (as usual) gives me the right information, stuff I can understand and use, when all the videos by other channels just have a load of waffle in them.

  • MaxiBASSE38 IsHere
    MaxiBASSE38 IsHere 2 years ago

    I use 1 or 2 techniques naturally learned (for instance thumb on lower string than the one currently played -glad I practice it, it's so important-), all others I've learnt from your video, 👉Thank you ! 🎸👍🎸

  • John Dayton
    John Dayton 2 years ago +7

    Such great stuff Josh. I believe my muting skills are decent, but I will check my technique for sure.

  • Austin Wilkerson
    Austin Wilkerson 2 years ago

    This is just what I needed. Been having trouble with buzzing and ringing. You the man Josh!

  • Alan Rocky
    Alan Rocky 6 months ago

    Absolutely brilliant lesson, thanks a lot. I began playing the bass a month ago now and this helped me tremendously.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  6 months ago +1

      Glad it was helpful Alan!

  • Johnathan Rhoades
    Johnathan Rhoades 2 years ago

    So... I play a six string bass and muting is so key. I have found the floating thumb technique (the thumb isn't anchored and "floats" over the lower strings) so helpful as well as the flat hand technique.

  • Vince Gregg
    Vince Gregg 5 months ago +2

    Just finished Josh’s Beginner to Badass paid course. Worth every penny. Sorely wishing he had a part two I could jump into right now!

  • Vanessa Nguyen
    Vanessa Nguyen 10 months ago

    Super entertaining!
    This video was perfect in teaching all the bass muting techniques. Thank you!

  • SaltySwan
    SaltySwan 10 months ago

    Thank you very much! I've been getting frustrated by my strings ringing at every move. I'm only beginning, coming from cello so I'm not used to it at all. It's going to be very useful for me

  • bullfrogboss
    bullfrogboss 2 years ago

    Electric bass guitar was my first instrument and I actually pretty smoothly learned both left and right hand muting, therefore I can confidently say I can play bass "correctly". However It's the regular guitar that ended up being my main instrument and my experience with muting was very helpful during learning guitar

  • Bilbobagin Utopi
    Bilbobagin Utopi 2 years ago +3

    It was so hard to play some of the things without the muting xD once you get into the habit of muting, you will be set for life. What would be another good video on the topic of muting would be how to mute strings while playing slap because that is something I am having trouble with.

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  2 years ago +1

      Slap muting is all about fixes #4 and #5, since you can't do any of the normal plucking hand muting techniques. It's hard!

  • Nicolas Godfraind
    Nicolas Godfraind 2 years ago +2

    That was pretty cool. I didn't know the pull across and I always used my thumb. I guess it's time to practice that. The plucking sounds different because I can (and have to) dig a lot more. I like it ^^.

  • Metallibass covers

    Muting techniques are pretty easy when it comes to fast songs like paranoid, but with solos like my friend of misery on bass is pretty difficult to get a nice sound out of without getting noisy vibration, thanks for the advice.

  • BootedSquirrel
    BootedSquirrel 2 years ago

    Been loving your videos lately! Keep them coming! :D

  • Dirt Lord
    Dirt Lord 2 years ago

    an easy right hand technique for me is to have the thumb resting on top of the strings you aren't playing but never actually rooting it to one position. this way you can mute any string, even the D or G, with your thumb with ease. not only that but because your thumb isn't planted, it's much easier to move to different areas of the bass for plucking

  • niv bet
    niv bet 2 years ago

    Hey! i got my first bass three days ago, and im feeling so lucky that i came across this channel. you rock dude! thank you so much!

  • Marcelo Kuroi
    Marcelo Kuroi 2 years ago +2

    I'm glad I watched this video because I incorporated all of these techniques by myself through the course of a loooong time. It's reaffirming to me.
    But I'm also glad kids (I'm so old that I quarreled with my high school pals over this topic: if Nirvana's Unplugged was going to be great or a failure [I won, that was awesome]) now can access to this PRACTICAL musical education for free, provided by great (and funny) teachers like you.

  • TheDeanMachine
    TheDeanMachine Year ago

    🤣🤣🤣 The ending had me in stitches.
    Just started playing a few days ago and your channel has been great help. One of the things im struggling with is to get my index finger nail to not grab string, I've cut as short as I can and it still gets the string sometime.

  • Alonso
    Alonso 2 years ago

    Thanks for the vid, I've been struggling against this problem since I got my first bass lol
    Keep the good work! 👍

  • Mystic Mind Analysis
    Mystic Mind Analysis 2 years ago +1

    Thanks for this video! I'm new to playing bass and have a lot of trouble trying to keep my strings muted. I naturally hold my fingers quite flat when fretting, so it's easier for me to mute the higher-note strings that way, while using the floating thumb when I need to shift down to play those higher notes. IDK if it's my amp or not, but when I've turned the amp on and I'm just holding the bass (or have just put it down), I get a constant ring from the G string. Unless I specifically mute it, the ring gets louder.

    • Bigge
      Bigge 2 years ago

      Mystic Mind Analysis maybe your gain is too high? This used to happen all the time for me and it’s really annoying, so if it is the gain and you still want to play with it then maybe keep it low when the amp is off then increase it when you’re ready to play?

  • pizzzaeater14
    pizzzaeater14 2 years ago

    I have a bit of an odd situation with how I mute my strings. For reference, I have been playing bass for roughly 2 years as of writing this, and have received only a small amount of professional teaching, probably around 25 total hours. Anyway, I do what is essentially the thumb muting and fretting hand muting, but with one major difference - instead of my plucking hand's thumb, I use my ring finger, and completely anchor my thumb on the pickups. It seems to work fine for me, and feels very natural, whereas moving my thumb so much feels forced and uncomfortable. I know that's the first step to being comfortable with it, but still. I have no idea where I picked that habit up, if anywhere, and I've never heard anyone else talk about it. It doesn't cause me any pain, and as far as I can tell, it successfully mutes the A and E strings while not hindering my actual plucking in any way. Is there any actual downside to muting this way that should be cause to kick the habit? Or is it one of those "as long as it works" kinda things?

  • PureGoll
    PureGoll 2 years ago +1

    This is great! I have picked up a Bass a few months ago after starting to learn 20 years ago! Now im at the stage where I think im doing so well when I can play something like Black Eye Peas, Lets get it started but when I crank the amp up I realise my muting is shite lol Its hard to not just want to learn songs and to avoid practising this stuff!

  • Sketchylemons
    Sketchylemons 2 years ago

    glad this channel is getting the attention it deserves

  • M4rKnoT
    M4rKnoT 2 years ago

    Awesome!! This is another great one!!
    I’m improving a lot with these videos...!! Thanks josh!!

  • 2polohunnie DuMontier
    2polohunnie DuMontier 2 years ago

    My muting technique consists of resting the side of my picking hand on the strings while using a pseudo-Travis style (watch Sting). I also use a closed grip with my fretting hand (this is also one reason why I like 5 strings so much, but I won't go into that here). Playing open a lot like Geddy Lee is fun, but it is a noise nightmare especially when using round wound strings with bright high end. Flat wound strings or turning down my bass tone knob altogether mixed with a double-handed mute gives me thump with little-to-no string noise.

  • TackyHarmonica
    TackyHarmonica 2 years ago

    Thank you so much! Your videos are so helpful!

  • SxSxG
    SxSxG Year ago

    Hey Josh. I figured out a technique that works fine for me. I push my resting thumb under the E-string to mute my E and A strings so I can play both strings muted. It is not necessarily my way to prevent unwanted strings from buzzing but a good technique to sound "funky" with some muted tones. Is this something "legit" or my crazy invention about to revolutionize the world of bass playing :)

  • TDT Records
    TDT Records Year ago

    I can't thank you enough for sharing this :)

  • Bigman
    Bigman 4 months ago +1

    Hey I love your videos ! They are great ! I’ve been struggling with this in bass tho . I see People play open strings Sometimes and then put Their fingers under it to mute , then Other Times they don’t do it it all ! Very confusing . I was wondering if you could tell me when to and when not to mute other strings ! Thanks a bunch love the channel

  • Project 2501
    Project 2501 2 years ago

    Bass muting really just became an issue when I switched to 5-String. The low B is a real sucker when you playing the higher strings and resting your thumb on the E-String. I play 5.String for maybe half a year now exclusively (because to me it makes the most sense) but I still haven't nailed a proper muting technique for that. On 4-string I never had any issues.

  • Layal Dergham
    Layal Dergham 2 years ago

    5 minutes in learning the practice bass lines when I realized .... this guy has my exact bass! I love it. Subscribed

  • Mykhailo Rohalskyi
    Mykhailo Rohalskyi 2 years ago

    Actually, I play guitar but I absolutely love your teaching approach! Probably you can recommend some courses for guitarists?🙂 Or maybe you can teach guitar as well?))

  • Chansoriya ♡
    Chansoriya ♡ 2 years ago +4

    My book said something about a “tip” that this was where it was good to start practicing muting. As a self-teaching newbie I rely on the book, so I was flipping back and forth, and they don’t even mention anything about muting techniques! But I’m glad you’ve posted one!

  • Sammy Rebbo
    Sammy Rebbo 2 years ago +62

    Vibrations can be sympathetic?! A lot of people can't even do that!!

  • Spike Taterman
    Spike Taterman Year ago +1

    LOL! Love the Weird Al Bass version in the end....seriously thanks, am starting out, never thought muting those damn misbehaving strings would be such a problem...I really want to develop the habit of playing cleanly, even if it's just simple quarter notes...this helps!

  • lizah
    lizah 2 years ago +1

    I’m feeling a bit burned out when practicing bass because of this exact reason. Thanks josh (:

  • Unfunny Dave
    Unfunny Dave 2 years ago

    I have a 5string so muting is a problem for me, this video helped a ton but I found a thing where you put your fretting hands just a little closer to the a string to mute it when I’m playing high strings. It helps get everything muted

  • Hungry Bill
    Hungry Bill 2 years ago

    Another great lesson, thanks!

  • iDuncan
    iDuncan 2 years ago

    That outro was awesome 😁 Another great lesson as well Josh.

  • ShameOnLemon
    ShameOnLemon 2 years ago

    I've been looking to learn how to make a muted triplet using index, middle finger poping and then thumb
    I pretty much do it but can't get the speed
    Anyways would be really great if you could do a video about muted triplets.. they're sooo awsome to hear

  • Henry Freeman
    Henry Freeman 2 years ago

    Great video thanks for the help believe me I need all I can get 😎 I don't want give bass a bad name 😵

  • Robert Davis
    Robert Davis 2 years ago

    ....you give bass a bad name...Love it!! I'm guilty of pulling my fingers off the string in certain situations, I knew the problem, but not how to correct. Seems like an intuitive thing to just keep the finger on the string, but just didn't click for me. Thanks for the tip and thank you very much for the entertaining and informative video!!! Keep em coming!!

  • David Bagshaw
    David Bagshaw Year ago

    Like other BassBuzz videos, this one is essential for noobs. Thanks for posting.

  • bullfrogboss
    bullfrogboss 2 years ago

    You should also have covered the picking hand muting. I mute all the lower strings with my palm, similar way to how guitarists do

  • Tuomas Aalto
    Tuomas Aalto 2 years ago

    Hi! I have a problem with the string sitter technique. I can fret a note and lift my finger so that it rests on the string afterwards. But between these two stages the string tends to rattle against the fret. This happens especially with the lower strings. Any tips on how to eliminate this? I have been thinking that maybe I'm not lifting the finger quickly enough?

  • Dmitriy Dolgopolov
    Dmitriy Dolgopolov 2 years ago +1

    It's not only bass muting technique. It's the base muting technique! Thanx!

  • Gigih Agung
    Gigih Agung 2 years ago

    #6 tips: use palm muting when using pick. Metal bassists often use that technique

  • うこ / Uko。
    うこ / Uko。 4 months ago

    wow you just helped me so much, I was wondering if something was wrong with my bass

  • temka temka
    temka temka Month ago

    Dam flat hand is superior tip, especially for music school-graduated guitarists, thank you so much! Playing got so much clearer

  • Protoka
    Protoka 2 years ago +29

    >Play highly technical riff: Impeccable muting
    >play 4 whole notes in sequence: the ringing of the bells of all the churches in england resonate upon all of mine strings...

  • Matteo Antony Mistretta

    Your videos are so a-muting! Thank you so much!

  • Owen Lim
    Owen Lim 2 years ago

    I dont use an amp while practicing, so i just notice this is really important. Thnx josh

  • Davíð Stefánsson

    Been trying to learn bombtrack by ragtm and this helped so much wit the e string ringing on the main riff. Thank you so much!

  • DCMurphy
    DCMurphy 2 years ago +1

    I really like the fact that these videos are entertaining to watch later when needed.

  • Oletta Liano
    Oletta Liano 2 years ago

    I do nearly all of my string muting with my fretting hand. Just something I've learned playing 5 and 6 string basses.

  • Troy Denison
    Troy Denison 2 years ago

    Dude your videos help me out so much thank you

  • Daniel Simmons
    Daniel Simmons 2 years ago

    thanks for this! My muting technique is so bad, I can somehow play two notes on the same string

  • Florin Liviu Beţivoiu

    this is the video i've been looking for, finally! thank you.

  • Bitsy Tandem
    Bitsy Tandem 3 months ago

    This so super helpful!!! Thank you!

  • Hansa Pils
    Hansa Pils 2 years ago

    i just started playing more learning and i absolutely love your humor with this attitude learning an instrument makes so much more fun!

  • Javier Suárez
    Javier Suárez 2 years ago

    Awesome as always!
    I've got 1 quick question: would you recommend the Ibanez SR300E as a beginner bass?
    I watched your whole series on beginner basses, but it seems that the top recommendations are either sold out everywhere or twice as expensive.
    Thank you!

    • BassBuzz
      BassBuzz  2 years ago

      Yeah, those are great!