How to Make a String Instrument Sound Softer

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There are a number of different ways in which you can make a string instrument sound softer depending on your preferences. Find out how to make a string instrument sound softer with help from an experienced audio engineer in this free video clip.

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What's going on, guys? My name is Joey Biagas, and I'm an audio engineer and musician of about 7 years now and today I'm gonna show you how to soften the sound of an instrument and for this example I'm gonna be using a guitar, acoustic guitar. So normally acoustic guitar would sound kinda, kinda like this. Alright you get the point, now lets kind of soften it up. Now one way is to kind of basically just strum softer, don't try to hit the strings so hard, so lets try that now. See how that kind of sounds a little bit softer not so harsh. Now another way to soften the sound is to not use a guitar pic and just use your thumb like so. Cool, now one last way is to palm mute it. Now this will create a little bit of a different sound but it will soften the sound as well, and to create that is basically using your palm right here and placing it on top of the strings a little bit above the bridge here. So that kind of mutes the strings but you can still here it when you're strumming with your guitar pick. So that's pretty much it 3 different ways on how to soften an instrument in this example an acoustic guitar and if you do have any other questions please let us know. Thanks for watching.

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