Since most bassists don't utilize their ring (3) or pinky (4) fingers for picking and simply curl them into their palm, they can be used to mute the lowest strings. To demonstrate, when you play the open G-string with the alternating two-finger technique, place the floating thumb on the D-string, the ring finger on the A-string, and the pinky finger on the E-string. While the middle and index fingers alternate on the G-string, the thumb along with the ring and pinky fingers mute the D, A, and E strings, respectively, below.
A side benefit of using the third and fourth fingers for additional muting is that they also offer more flexibility to the floating thumb. Rather than needing to keep the floating thumb constantly flat against the strings to mute, the thumb can move about more freely between the strings if the third and fourth fingers are utilized for muting.
Muting becomes progressively more challenging as additional strings are added so muting with the third and fourth fingers becomes even more valuable on extended range basses with five or more strings. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!
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