Palm Mute In Solos And Melodies

author: Behnam H. date: 08/30/2010 category: soloing
rating: 6.3 / votes: 10 
Palm mute mostly use in rhthym and on up strings, but hear I try to show some palm mute technique in melodies & solo riffs. Lets go to wrok, these riffs sort from easy to hard! (PM = palm mute) (fb = full bend) (p = pull out) (h = hammer on) 1-palm mute in melodies! So here is an easy melody, be careful for free notes! Play all notes with downstroke picking and with same timing Riff a)
   PM  PM      PM  PM      PM  PM      PM  PM      PM  PM
||---------------------------------------------------------| 
||---------1-----------1-----------1-----------------------| 
||---------------------------------------------------------| 
||-----2-----------2-----------0---------------3-----------| 
||-0---------------------------------------3-----------2---| 
||-------------3-----------2-----------1-----------0-------| 
 
  PM  PM      PM  PM      PM  PM      PM  PM    
|---------------------------------------------------------|| 
|---------1-----------1-----------1-----------------------|| 
|---------------------------------------------------------|| 
|-----2-----------2-----------0---------------3---2-------|| 
|-0---------------------------------------3-------2-------||
|-------------3-----------2-----------1-----------0-------||
Riff b)
   PM  PM          PM  PM          PM  PM          PM  PM
||---------1---0---------------------------1---0---------------| 
||-------------------------1---3---------------------------3---|  
||-----2-----------------------------------------------0-------| 
||-0-------------------2---------------3-----------------------|  
||-----------------0---------------1---------------------------| 
||-------------------------------------------------3-----------|
 
  PM  PM          PM  PM          PM  PM          PM  PM
|---------1---0---------------------------1---0---------------|| 
|-------------------------1---3---------------------------8---||  
|-----2-----------------------------------------------7-------|| 
|-0-------------------2---------------3-----------------------||  
|-----------------0---------------1---------------------------|| 
|-------------------------------------------------8-----------||
2- scale palm mute! Lets do more complex riff, use alternative picking, try to play it fast, but be careful for timing,
   PM PM PM          PM PM PM          PM PM PM       
||------------------------------------------------------- 
||-------------------------------------------------------  
||----------------------------------------------15-17-19- 
||----------------------------15-17-19-15-17-19----------  
||----------15-17-19-15-17-19---------------------------- 
||-15-17-19----------------------------------------------  
 
  PM PM PM          PM PM PM          PM PM PM
----------------------------17-18-20-17-18-20-20fb-----|| 
-15-17-19-17-18-20-17-18-20----------------------------||  
-------------------------------------------------------|| 
-------------------------------------------------------||  
-------------------------------------------------------|| 
-------------------------------------------------------|| 
3 bending and palm mute! this riff use in a lot of solos, with some changes, try to play it faster each time, (all notes have a same timing)
                 PM PM               PM PM
||----------------------------------------- 
||-----------------------------------------  
||-14fb-12-14-12-------14fb-12-14-12------- 
||---------------14-12---------------14-12-  
||----------------------------------------- 
||-----------------------------------------  
 
                PM PM PM PM PM PM PM
-----------------------------------------|| 
-----------------------------------------||  
-14fb-12-14-12---------------------------|| 
---------------14-12---------------------||  
---------------------14-12---------------|| 
---------------------------15-12-15-12---||
4-open notes! Here is a fast riff, you have to palm mute some open notes while you are playing your solo.
          PM PM       PM PM       PM PM      PM PM
|| ------------------------------------------------ 
|| ------------------------------------------------  
||.-14p12-0--0-11h12-0-0--15p14-0--012h14-0--0-- 
||.------------------------------------------------  
|| ------------------------------------------------ 
|| ------------------------------------------------  
 
       PM PM       PM PM       PM PM      PM PM
------------------------------------------------ || 
------------------------------------------------ ||  
-17p15-0--0-15p14-0-0--14p12-0--011h12-0--0--.|| 
------------------------------------------------.||  
------------------------------------------------ || 
------------------------------------------------ || 
5- fix finger! In these riffs your 2nd figner must stay fix while you are palm mute this note, so play it fast and with same timing for all notes. Riff a)
    PM PM    PM PM    PM PM    PM PM    PM PM    PM    PM    PM
|| ------------------------------------------------------------- || 
|| ----------------17-------15-------14-------15----12---------- ||  
||.-------14----------------------------------------------14----.|| 
||.-12-14----14-14----14-14----14-14----14-14----14----14----14-.||  
|| ------------------------------------------------------------- || 
|| ------------------------------------------------------------- || 
Riff b)
    PM PM    PM PM    PM    PM    PM    PM PM    PM    PM    PM 
|| ------------------------------------------------------------- || 
|| -------7--------8-----10----8-----7--------7-----8-----7----- ||  
||.-7--8-----8--8-----8-----8-----8-----8--8-----8-----8-----8--.|| 
||.-------------------------------------------------------------.||  
|| ------------------------------------------------------------- || 
|| ------------------------------------------------------------- || 
6- fast changing! Here is another riff, use downstroke picking, it's little complex but with more practice it's not much hard
    PM PM    PM PM    PM PM    PM PM
|| ------------------------------------- 
|| -------15-------13-------12-------13-  
||.----16-------14-------13-------14---- 
||.-17-------15-------12-------15-------  
|| ------------------------------------- 
|| -------------------------------------  
 
 PM PM    PM PM    PM PM    PM PM
------------------------------------- || 
-------15-------17-------19-------17- ||  
----16-------18-------20-------18----.|| 
-17-------19-------21-------19-------.||  
------------------------------------- || 
------------------------------------- || 
7- final exam! I like this riff, so I write this one as a last riff, play this one fast, and use downstroke, it might be simple without palm mute, but try to do it in this way, it sound so much better!
    PM  PM  PM      PM  PM  PM  PM  PM 
|| ----------------------------------------- 
|| -----------------------------------------  
||.-------------12----------------------14-- 
||.-12--14--15------15--14--12--14--15------  
|| ----------------------------------------- 
|| -----------------------------------------  

 PM  PM  PM      PM  PM  PM  PM  PM 
----------------------------------------- || 
-------------11----------------------13-- ||  
-----------------------------------------.|| 
-12--14--15------15--14--12--14--15------.||  
----------------------------------------- || 
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