Have you ever heard your strings buzzing by vibrating on the metal of the frets? This can happen on an Acoustic or an Electric and has a detrimental effect on both! The most common reason for String Buzzing is not fretting properly. If you fret too close the start of the fret (the section closest to the headstock) then the string won’t be fretted correctly and you will get a buzz. Press down in the middle of the fret or closer to the end (the section closer to the body) to fret correctly. This doesn’t have much to do with strength. Although not fretting hard enough will mute your strings and can also cause buzzing.
2. STRUMMING TOO VIOLENTLY
I personally am still guilty of this- as well as many experienced guitarists are. It’s very easy to get really into a song you’re playing and to start strumming too hard on your strings. If you have a thin plectrum then it will take less of a toll on the strings but it isn’t good for them regardless. Just the other day I snapped a plectrum in half by playing too hard! About a week before that I snapped a string by playing too hard! It’s just generally not a good idea and it tends to stifle the tones and make your musical genius sound quite atonal.
3. STRUMMING TOO QUIETLY
I often find ways to contradict myself in these Newsletters- and here I’m doing it again. I’m just a walking contradiction. Playing too quietly is equally as bad of a practice. It doesn’t take a toll on your picks or strings (they aren’t gonna snap if you’re super gentle all the time) but it does take a toll on the music itself. If a song is upbeat and you’re playing it super-daintily then it isn’t going to suit the song. Don’t worry about your neighbours complaining- as long as it’s not 3am and your amp isn’t up to 11 then I’m sure they’ll get over a little guitar-playing.
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