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Ghost Notes

A Subtle, but Very Cool Technique

A ghost note is almost like a chop or a vamp. The note is so short, it has more of a rhythmic effect. Almost at the moment it is picked, the fret hand releases pressure. Even though pressure is released, the finger stays in contact with the string. This stops it from ringing and allows us to get the percussive sound when striking it. Watch the video below for an example. Take your time. Play with the Tunefox band after you can do this with a steady beat. Start moving the tempo up as you get comfortable. The little "x" that appears above the tab is a ghost note/muted note indicator.

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