When playing tapping 2 or more string how to mute string after pull off?

I found hard to play this particular riff and i can't see that he's doing anything to mute the strings after he pulls off, it's like the strings are muting by themselves.

I have no problem with the other strings that don't supposed to sound, but those I've hit are left ringing and i can't figure out how to mute them. Is anyone have an idea how to do it?

  • This video seems to be blocked in the US.
    – user28
    Commented Jun 17, 2017 at 19:03
  • Yes, it seems so, what is strange because the video is on the band's official channel. I tried to watch other videos with this song via vpn and it seems every video to be blocked in the US. Commented Jun 18, 2017 at 4:02

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There are a range of techniques. The most common are:

  • damping using fretting hand: use the side of a fretting finger or an unused finger
  • damping using the picking hand. If you are tapping, you will have spare fingers available, or the heel of your hand.
  • wrap a damper around the neck and strings just above the nut.

I use all of those techniques. The damper is very useful for things like Joe Satriani's Midnight, but generally I use the other two techniques interchangeably, depending on what I'm playing.

Having watched the video a number of times now, I think the solution is partially damping using the edge of the tapping finger - if you watch closely he just touches the adjacent string as he taps - and partially down to the compression and distortion used on the effects: the new tap effectively hides the old note. I'm pretty certain he's not using fret hand muting (which you can do by slightly releasing pressure immediately before the new note)

  • Would that unused dinner be vegetarian? Hot or cold? Could we use an unused finger instead?! Food for thought... +1
    – Tim
    Commented Jun 17, 2017 at 22:02
  • Thank you! The problem is that a fretting hand holds the chord, that's why i can't use damper or fretting hand to mute, but i think it can be done by the picking hand if hit at an angle to the freatboard and picking finger will mute the previous string. Commented Jun 18, 2017 at 4:25
  • Thanks Tim! Good old autocomplete on a small phone screen - I hadn't spotted it.
    – Doktor Mayhem
    Commented Jun 18, 2017 at 6:55
  • Constantine - you can easily do it with the fretting hand, but I'm pretty confident he isn't
    – Doktor Mayhem
    Commented Jun 18, 2017 at 18:39

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