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How to mute a string and play another at the same time

I'm trying to learn this fingerstyle song on my acoustic guitar. I found a tab which I really like. The only thing I don't get are the X's in the tab. Here's a part I've taken from the tab: What ...
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Will a trumpet mute work in a cornet?

I have a cornet and would like to purchase a mute for it. However, the majority of mutes are trumpet mutes. Will a trumpet mute work properly in a cornet? My main reason of concern is that the trumpet ...
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How to make a brass instrument quieter?

I play trumpet at home. I feel a little uncomfortable playing because of the loudness. I found the Silent Brass series by Yamaha, which makes brass sound quieter, and you can still hear everything ...
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'Cello mute: how to store on strings w/o altering sound?

I finally (procrastinator me) put a 2-hole Tourte mute on my axe, and noticed that if I leave it below the bridge but seated on the II and III strings, it modifies the sound compared with a fully-open ...
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How to reproduce the sound of Dizzy's muted trumpet in early bebop jazz recordings?

How can I reproduce the muted trumpet sound of Dizzy Gillespie's that can be heard in many of the early bebop recordings together with Charlie Parker? I believe he was using a cup mute, but is the ...
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Is it okay to remove the cork from a trumpet's mute?

I bought a mute for my trumpet because I want to practice playing in my dorm. However, it is not very effective in minimizing the noise I make when I play. I suspect that it is the pieces of cork ...
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Will the Yamaha PM7X trumpet mute work stand-alone or do I need the Personal Studio SBX2 as well?

I bought a PM7X trumpet mute, the one with a jack input for headphones. I tried pluging in headphones and I can't hear anything. I then looked for info, and I think I need an extra piece of hardware ...
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Muted percussive sound of a guitar equivalent on keyboard?

Just as a reference of what I mean in the intro of the track: If not available in your country: (thanks @Michael Curtis) There are ...
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Questions on how to write sordino directions

I’ve decided to tweak my scores by adding more sordino directions so that players can prepare their instruments in advance, but I’m not entirely clear on what to write and where to write it, so I have ...
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Spud Murphy tune calls for “Red Mute” on trumpet and trombone parts

In my 25 years of playing, I've never heard of a "red mute". Any ideas? My bandleader said it meant a cup, but later in the song, it had us use plungers while still muted (the notation was pretty ...
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In a bass guitar, how do I mute the strings that I am not playing?

I am learning Bass Guitar on my own and muting looks challenging. For eg, when I am playing the A string, I find the G string sympathetically humming at times and vice versa. Such humming produces an ...
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Harmonics and muted notes

Are harmonics and muted notes only possible on string instruments like Guitars and Violins? Are they possible on pianos, organs, flutes, horns, harps or brass instruments? By harmonics I meant those ...
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How do I learn to use the plunger mute for a solo? What is a good simple exercise?

I want to use the plunger mute for a solo (baby elephant walk). I can play it without the plunger, but I have no idea what I'm doing with the plunger. It is totally uncomfortable. Balance is ...
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How does Mark Knopfler do muting?

Out of curiosity, I'd like to know how Mark Knopfler does muting in his playing. By watching some of his performing videos (for example, ) I guess he mutes the strings ...
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Homemade ways to mute strings (eg hair scrunchie)

I've seen a ton of players using hair scrunchies, or similar soft bands to mute, or rather dampen strings. What are some of the best ways to do this? What works ...
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How long does it take to insert / remove string mute? [duplicate]

I'm writing a piece where is necessary to switch the use of the mute on the string session. To become possible, I need to know how much time in seconds do I need to give the musicians to change the ...
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Drop D power chords

I have difficulties in taking power chords in Drop D tuning. Basically, in standard tuning I would mute other strings with my index finger, but here I have difficulty in barring three strings and mute ...
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Muting strings while bending

I watched a YouTube music tutorial on guitar bending exercises which stated that while bending on guitar the first finger has to be placed on the top strings for muting all those other than the ...
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Is a Volume Control Device the Most Effective Solution to the Problem of a Noisy Acoustic Guitar?

I am in an Entrepreneurship class at the University of Calgary, and as a project, we are to come up with an idea to solve a problem. The problem I came up with relates to acoustic guitarists trying ...
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What do these X's mean i'm trying to learn counting stars on Guitar but have no idea how to play these [duplicate]

What do these X's mean i'm trying to learn counting stars on Guitar but have no idea how to play these. I would mute them but there is nothing to mute!
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Is there a way to mute a specific instrument on songs so I can play that part with my instrument?

I am learning to play guitar and, in some videos I have seen in youtube, people play a song in the background (that has muted the guitar part) so they play it themselves. Is there a software to do ...