3 Cool Muting Techniques For Bass

2019-01-09T15:14:12+00:00April 11th, 2015|Categories: Bass Guitar Technique|4 Comments

This lesson deals with three methods for creating that muted note sound you can hear in old soul and reggae tunes. It’s also useful in creating an imitation upright bass sound.

The first technique is that of Palm Muting in the plucking hand, the second technique is muting with the fingers of the fretting hand and the third method involves using sponge, felt or rubber to physically mute the strings near the bridge.


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  1. Martin April 15, 2015 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Thanks Mark. Very well explained as usual

  2. Gary Chivers May 3, 2015 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    I stopped playing the bass in the early ninties. kids’ work and other commitments. i was clearing out my attic and found my old bass and amp so i put them with the other things i was selling on ebay. later that night i thought. I’ll have one last bash before i get rid of them. this only comfirmed the fact that it was time to get rid of them, after 20 odd years of not playing i was a tad rusty. Then whilst on the internet i came across your lessons and i think i’m a better player now than i ever was. so at the grand old age of 52 i still have my bass and amp and am even toying with the idea of buying a fretless. and my kids think their dad is cool cos he can do something they never knew he cauld do. who knows may even start giging again one day; hahaha. Have you any tips on an affordable fretless bass? ho ps thank you very much for your lessons. easy to follow for on old codger like me.

  3. FREEMAN FREEMAN May 19, 2015 at 10:51 am - Reply

    All I want are here, nothing more left, I feel so lucky to belong here.

  4. arman srsa October 28, 2015 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    You seem to be a great teacher. Keep it up and thank you

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