Always accidentally plucking other strings while playing

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Always accidentally plucking other strings while playing

Post by nmarti31 » Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:02 am

Hi there,

So, I've been having this problem when I'm playing where I'll strike the string I want, but if I play too loudly or too strong, the nail will also get the string behind it, making for a terrible noise. Any way to fix this?

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Re: Always accidentally plucking other strings while playing

Post by ronjazz » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:54 pm

Yes. Use the string behind it as a backstop; in other words, apoyando, or rest-stroke. To avoid the string behind it, move your hand down towards the floor slightly, to play tirando, or free-stroke, avoiding the other string. These are the two basic strokes; look on youtube for free lessons from Guitar Corner or Strings By Mail.
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Re: Always accidentally plucking other strings while playing

Post by Crofty » Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:10 pm

nmarti31 wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:02 am
Hi there,

So, I've been having this problem when I'm playing where I'll strike the string I want, but if I play too loudly or too strong, the nail will also get the string behind it, making for a terrible noise. Any way to fix this?
There are far too many variables involved with a problem like this for any answer to be helpful, unless you provide a video which shows how you sit, hold the guitar, hand position and then very many other things.

\if you are able to upload something I'm sure you would get some more helpful feedback than so far.

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Re: Always accidentally plucking other strings while playing

Post by Alan Green » Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:09 pm

It happens.

Spend some time focussing on right-hand technique. Pumping Nylon has a shedload of stuff you'll find useful

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Re: Always accidentally plucking other strings while playing

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:01 pm

Crofty wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:10 pm
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\if you are able to upload something I'm sure you would get some more helpful feedback than so far.

Paul
Was going to say essentially the same thing...plus, get some lessons if you possibly can!
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Re: Always accidentally plucking other strings while playing

Post by Lawler » Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:15 am

nmarti31 wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:02 am
...I've been having this problem when I'm playing where I'll strike the string I want, but if I play too loudly or too strong, the nail will also get the string behind it, making for a terrible noise. Any way to fix this?
1) First, check that your right hand is positioned correctly and that your fingers are working efficiently and without excessive tension. Get a teacher's help with that.

2) In the moments when your fingers are accidentally plucking other strings - slow down! Slow down enough that you can be aware of even the smallest details of your right hand fingers' sense of touch and movement. Coach your fingers to give you the sound and accuracy you want.

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Re: Always accidentally plucking other strings while playing

Post by dtoh » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:21 pm

Practice ?

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Re: Always accidentally plucking other strings while playing

Post by Christopher Langley » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:18 pm

Slow purposeful rest strokes.

You don't need a teacher. Both strokes are very basic techniques that anyone can master quickly.

Free stroke -

Rest stroke -

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Re: Always accidentally plucking other strings while playing

Post by Pjer » Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:33 pm

You need to practice more🙂, I am just kidding. That is pretty normal if you just start to play guitar whit these technics. You have my support and these video links are very useful.
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Re: Always accidentally plucking other strings while playing

Post by Marko1976 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:15 pm

You must use preparation for every note you pluck so with that preparation you cannot miss a string or hit another one.

So don't pluck from "air", instead place the finger on the string first, then play. In Pumping Nylon it is called "planting". But don't use it only for acordic playing, use it every time, also when playing Bach: every time the note, which you want to play, is NOT on the same string that is already vibrating, you can/must place/prepare a finger on next string/note.

Sory for poor english and I must say - it is hard to explain, but I have improved my technique for amazing amount with use of this technique.

You must separate hands. People sometimes practice only with left hand and are very careful with left hand fingerings, but they don't make half of that work with right hand. Make a fingering for right hand, practice it on empty strings with preparations mentioned above.

Sounds like a horror practice, and indeed it is, but I find it very helpful.

Of course - years later when you will master that technique, you will/must again play "from air" and "freely" in order not to kill artist inside you - but this time you will never miss anything...

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Re: Always accidentally plucking other strings while playing

Post by keithwwk » Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:03 am

I find Noad's Book 1 single string daily pratice is very useful. You can see Bream demo on that in youtube “Julian Bream discuss about playing guitar in a wrong way”. starting 1:03s .He is playing on the 2nd string, you can play it on 1st and 3rd string and bass string as well.

I also find Giuliani Guitar Study Left hand study very useful to train cross string control for both hands. I know the title subject for left hand training, but somehow I get my right hand cross string improvement as well. It could be due to both hand got better coordination after practice.
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Re: Always accidentally plucking other strings while playing

Post by franks59 » Tue May 14, 2019 2:26 pm

I'm guessing your hand is too far back towards the 6th string. If your large knuckles are positioned correctly over (or nearly over) the string you are plucking, then your finger will clear the next string no matter how hard you pluck.

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Re: Always accidentally plucking other strings while playing

Post by Tonit » Tue May 14, 2019 3:28 pm

I'd suggest one more thing together with what's been already suggested.
It's a good idea to keep the travel distance of your strokes for both pp and ff and everything in between.
And ideally the distance must be minimized.

I am risking a little misunderstanding by saying this, but in practice it feels like as if your RH fingers were speeding up travelling the same minimized distances for more loudness. In reality you are pressing down the strings more as you plant your fingers for more volume.

The key is to keep the minimized and constant travel distance of your RH fingertips. You can use a mirror to check the distance while practicing.

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Re: Always accidentally plucking other strings while playing

Post by Crofty » Wed May 15, 2019 12:13 am

Given that the OP initially asked for help in early April and, as yet, has not responded to any of the eleven replies and suggestions, I'm surprised that members are still coming up with more of them...

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Re: Always accidentally plucking other strings while playing

Post by Yisrael van Handel » Wed May 15, 2019 7:07 am

Crofty wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 12:13 am
Given that the OP initially asked for help in early April and, as yet, has not responded to any of the eleven replies and suggestions, I'm surprised that members are still coming up with more of them...
So what? I got some useful reminders here, such as the importance of planting and of using stop-motion playing to see why you are inadvertently sounding adjacent strings. Nothing that I did not know, but very useful to be reminded to use these techniques when something goes wrong. The forum is not only for the OP. This is not a rebuke, but expression of gratitude and encouragement for the helpful discussion.
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