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When you are bending strings your fingers catch other adjacent strings in the direction of the bend, so if you're amplified you can usually hear those strings vibrating, and when you release the bend, if the ajdacents strings aren't properly muted, they will ring out. There are two approaches to muting the strings: Fretting hand muting, where you are muting ...


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The muting or damping you mention is not related to bending or any other technique. If you want to ensure no unwanted ringing on strings other than those you are trying to play, then muting can be very useful, but whether or not you want to at any specific time is up to you. I sometimes mute (but not necessarily with my left hand - sometimes it is more ...


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I would not say that the first finger must be used to mute the lower strings but you can do so if you wish. There might be a particular circumstance (trying to achieve a certain effect perhaps) where muting the lower strings with your first finger might help. If you are picking only the string you are bending at the time the note is played - it is ...



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