Should You Really Mute Your Guitar Strings?

If you keep updated with my videos, you might have seen the one I posted in which I went over my top 8 tips that every guitar player should know (if you haven’t seen that one yet, I will be reposting it below). The video received a lot of interesting comments and questions that I would like to answer here.

As I was recording this particular video, I only really considered mentioning these 8 tips as they are usually things that don’t come up in standard guitar lessons. I had not realized just how deep someone might go into any of the tips I gave.

The one that caused the most stir was the one about muting your guitar with tape or a hair band. I also mentioned using a sock, which is definitely an option that should only be saved for extremely desperate situations!

But you all had a lot to say about that tip that had me really thinking about it in a new way. While I was answering these questions, I was able to learn a lot myself. So I thank you for that! I really do enjoy having the chance to answer questions and interact with you. So if you have any further thoughts that you would like to share, don’t hold back!

Have a look at the following (short) video, and let me know if that answers your questions!

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Tommaso Zillio is a professional prog rock/metal guitarist and composer based in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

Tommaso is currently working on an instrumental CD, and an instructional series on fretboard visualization and exotic scales. He is your go-to guy for any and all music theory-related questions.

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