Playing 5 string

Discussion in 'Music, Theory, Tab and Such' started by JVjunky, May 22, 2020.

  1. JVjunky

    JVjunky Squier-Meister

    Apr 30, 2019
    United Kingdom
    Has anyone removed the 5th string (low E)? I don't mean tune like Keith Richards.
    I don't play bar chords and rarely find myself playing anything on the low E string,
    and sometimes when playing open chords I find the E string ruins the sound of the

  2. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    I agree with that last part. There are a lot of chords that are better played by skipping the E string, but I would hate to lose it. There are a lot of things I play that use that E string. In the last couple years I've learned to use it more in arpeggios and solos, and I've come to like it more than ever.

    Here's a good example of why the E string is valuable:

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  3. strummer101

    strummer101 Squier-Meister

    Jun 13, 2019
    I don't think I would want to loose the fat sound of my low E, I do mute it with my thumb when I don't want to hear it, maybe you can go with a lighter gauge on the low E to loose some of the Boom!

    edit: after re-reading your post, I suggest you try different strings
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  4. Jay Jackson

    Jay Jackson Squier-Nut

    Sep 1, 2018
    sanluisobispo CA (3401
    Have you thought about using a different string other than the E at that place. Like a Drone string used on a banjo. Or mute the E at the bridge.
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  5. VM51SQ

    VM51SQ Squier-Meister

    Apr 14, 2017
    I need it for power chords, but it's great that everybody is doing their own thing !
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  6. SoundDesign

    SoundDesign Squier-holic

    Male muting is your friend. Between that and picking practice you can put that pesky problem behind you.
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  7. duzie

    duzie Squier-Meister

    Jul 8, 2017
    Nw New Jersey
    If I removed the strings that give me problems at times I’d have no strings at all
    I also side with the fretting hand muting and picking accuracy is the way forward here .
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  8. SoundDesign

    SoundDesign Squier-holic

    What the heck is male muting? I would edit this post but my wife is calling me...
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  9. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

    Dec 12, 2009
    Swanton Ohio
    I use the low E a lot..Not much for chords..Blues and rock-a-billy..It's a must for me..
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  10. duzie

    duzie Squier-Meister

    Jul 8, 2017
    Nw New Jersey
    Sometimes I self mute to keep the peace with my wife :rolleyes:
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  11. gary mitchell

    gary mitchell Squier-Nut

    Aug 23, 2019
    I had a Yamaha 5 string, I had a couple sets of strings I put E to B I could play it sort of like a guitar chords and leads. Another I sold and wish I hadn't.
  12. CVSteve

    CVSteve Squier-Nut

    Dec 28, 2017
    Play this chord. Your middle finger mutes the 5th string, and your pinky mutes the first and second strings. Try this as a practice in using strings you don’t normally use and muting some you do. Try to strum just the bottom four strings (3-6). The fifth string will make a somewhat percussive sound. Make all strums downstrokes. Let me know what you think.
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