Nathanael Benassi wrote:Thanks Andrei, I think the wrist muting may be a sorry if palm muting carryover from electric guitar and I'll need to work on that.
Speaking of damping strings is it 'ok' to use the side of the thumb for damping or only the pad?
Cool, so you have electric guitar background?
Personally I think it is ok to use the side or even the upper side of the thumb for damping. Just make sure it is independent and does not affect the freedom of other fingers.
Here is a beautiful piece (Por Una Cabeza from Scent of a Woman arranged by Maksim Chigintsev), watch closely how damping is done (by the upper side):
Search youtube for: Por Una Cabeza Maxim Chigintsev
[BTW, can I provide links to Youtube videos like that one?]