How To Minimize Fret Buzz

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Sometimes it seems like no matter how hard you press down on a note, it just doesn’t make that solid, clean sound you want. Instead it sounds “buzzy”, or maybe it doesn’t even make any note at all and it’s a just a dead, or muted note. This sort of thing happens to everyone at one point or another. This is mainly the case when you’re just starting out, but it can even happen quite a bit later on in the intermediate stages depending on what it is you’re trying to play.

Do You Need Lots of Finger Strength?

For the most part, it does has a lot to do with finger strength, which is why it happens most often to beginners who haven’t quite built up their hands yet. If this sounds like you, don’t worry. As long as you keep on playing, you WILL get that finger strength. It’s only natural to get better at something you’re putting time into. However, there’s one little trick that you can do to make sure your notes are playing cleanly. Something anyone can do. Especially beginners because the earlier you can grasp on to this technique, the better it will serve you as you go on to play.

A Simple Finger Exercise

Now before we see what this trick is, let’s check out what NOT to do first. As you’re looking down at your frets, try playing a note (any note is fine), but instead of playing in the middle area of the fret, try pressing down near the back end of your fret, that is, on the end closest to the tuning pegs, and away from your body. Take note of how hard you have to press down to make that note sound clear. Now let’s try the opposite.

string buzz from back of fret
On that same note, press down again but instead of playing on the back end of your fret, this time press down on the front end of your fret, the side that is closest to your body. See how much easier that was? You should have noticed that it took much less strength to fret that note to create the same clean tone.

clean sound from front of fret
So how exactly does help you? This experiment shows us is that whenever possible, try and press every note down as close to the front side of the fret as you can. Now this won’t always work out with every thing you play. For example, an A Major chord, where you’re playing the 2nd fret across three strings, you’re going to have one finger near the front edge, one on the back edge, and one in the middle area. So for that particular example, sticking to the front isn’t always possible. But just remember that whenever you can, try putting your fingers on the front side of the frets.
Well guys, I hope that if you’ve been having trouble with fret buzz, and you’ve been struggling with making clear and clean notes, that this little trick will help you once and for all. Like always, if you have any questions or just want to add to this topic, feel free to leave a comment down below.