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How does he get the snare drum sound at about 1:51 when he starts imitating drums?

I think he hits the high silver strings with his nails, but my guitar just rings out when I do that. Hitting the wood is making a different noise for me.

Then I think maybe he mutes the strings left hand, but he actually plays the high E string simultaneously to the snare one time and the B string other times and I think it’s hard to control that kind of muting.

So I wonder what he’s actually doing to get his guitar to make that noise, I’m really struggling to replicate on mine.

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    It’s an overdub. He’s not doing it all live at the same time. – Todd Wilcox Oct 1 '18 at 1:40
  • Todd is correct. You are not hearing what you are seeing. The sound you are hearing is muted strings being slapped. Lots of reverb as well. – b3ko Oct 1 '18 at 4:13
  • argh what a loser. What’s the best way I can play it all at once? – theonlygusti Oct 1 '18 at 8:36
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    You could use your fretting hand thumb to mute the low E string and then it won't ring out if you lightly slap it with your picking hand thumb, if you can make the stretch. – James Whiteley Oct 1 '18 at 9:17
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    Can't decide on an overdub. The 'snare' doesn't come out the same every time. – Tim Oct 1 '18 at 12:45
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The thumb slaps the bass E string into the fret board.

When the high steel E string is played simultaneously, it looks like he strikes it with the nail of the picking hand. That made the right noise for me.

If the B string is being played simultaneously, just pluck it with a finger and hit the thumb for the snare at the same time. I found coordinating this very difficult, especially to get consistent volume, but it's possible.

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