Question: When playing a sweep picking arpeggio on two strings (let’s say B and G strings), how would you mute the G string (the open string will sound if you don’t mute it) when you are playing the B string? They seem to be too close together to do thumb muting, thus generating harmonics when playing the G string. What is the best approach to use for my sweep picking muting technique?

Tom Hess's Answer: Have more of the pick sticking out from the hand (so the thumb doesn't hit the string). Also, use a larger pick with a bigger surface area while not letting your thumb hang over the edge of the pick.

Work on this by reading this sweep picking article and using the exercise covered within it.


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