What does it mean to mute a guitar string?

Muting a string is simple: with the fretting hand, touch the string with a finger, but do not press it down, and strike the string. … It is also common practice to mute a string with the picking hand after striking a note to create a shortened “staccato” effect.

Why does my guitar sound muted?

the most likely cause is that strings are being muted by touching a fret. … A high fret needs to be levelled either by reseating the fret or stoning the top. If all this is ok, then likely the strings are set too low, so when a chord is pressed the strings then touch higher frets.

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