I'm a fairly novice self taught player. I'm having a lot of difficulty eliminating things like unwanted strings resonating, clattering in to other strings when bending, accidental pull offs, etc - in short, sloppiness. My natural self taught technique makes all of this pretty much inevitable and caused an end to me making progress a long time ago, so I've tried to learn "proper form".
Seems most people say that's something like classical playing, where the finger is end on, and the thumb is behind the neck, roughly at the middle finger mark, etc.
Others say you should let your index finger lay on the lower strings, even when the index isn't the one doing the fretting, so as to mute the string above where you're playing, and everything below it. Here's a demonstration.
The second is much better at eliminating unwanted string clatter and resonance, but is pretty difficult for me. It also seems like if I wanted to hammer-on, pull-off, bend, and especially vibrato, it's always going to be pretty awkward in this position. Getting from this position to the classical finger-tip-on requires a "hop", which causes sounds, and is slow.
I haven't practised it hardly at all yet, so I'd just like to ask if this isn't a stupid thing to be practising, and that there isn't some other better way before I spend a long time making this feel natural.