Palm Muting ll

author: ragex date: 09/23/2004 category: the basics
rating: 8.6 / votes: 80 
I noticed there was only one other palm muting lesson in here, and everybody was making bad comments on it, so I decided to put one in. I've only been playing guitar for about a month and a half and this is my first lesson, so bere with me. I found palm muting very simple, so, il share it with you. Palm muting is a very simple technique, which is used very often to give a short (stubby) sound, not completely mute the note, which is what you would think because of the name. All it really is, is having your palm on the bottom of the string(s), right next to where the bridge is, while strumming the chord or note. Sounds easy right? Well it is, once you get used to it. I found it uncomfortable to do it, and I found that my palm was sliding up the string, so that there was no sound at all, but after time, I got used to it, as I am sure you will too, and it became easier and easier to do. You don't really have to press down hard, just enough to give it that sound that you want. A song that I think has good palm muting in it is Sum41's "still waiting", at the beginning with: (i skipped the first time around, this is played twice)
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
b|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
g|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
d|-9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5-----------------------------------|
a|-7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5-----------|
e|-----------------------------------------------------------3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3-|
pm .  .    .    .   .    .   .    .   .   .    .   .    .   .    .   .    .    .  .

 e|-----------------------------|
 b|-----------------------------|
 g|---------------------------7-|
 d|--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7-----|
 a|--5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5-----|
 e|-----------------------------|
 pm  .  .  .  .  . .   .  .
the "pm" tells you when to palm mute, and the "." indicates which notes/chords to palm mute on. It may be above or below the tab, or may be in another form, but it still means the same thing, palm mute. As you can see, the last chord is not palm muted, so you lift your palm off of the strings to play it. I hope this helped all of you who didn't know how to palm mute.
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