Palm mute

A palm mute is a muffled sound produced by lightly placing your strumming hand on the strings at the edge of the bridge.

There are two ways of muting strings: palm muting and fretting hand muting. Palm muting involves laying the edge of the palm of your picking hand near the bridge of the guitar across the strings that are played. The positioning of the hand is essential as if the hand is direct across the bridge the strings won't be muted, and if it is too close to the neck then the strings won't be able to sound properly. As a rough guide try to put the edge of the palm between the bridge and the bridge pickup. [1]

Muting is a fundamental part of the guitarist's arsenal, particularly for high gain rock and metal styles, as it supports note separation and clarity. [1]

Contents

Tablature notation

In tabs, palm muting is usually shown by the letters 'PM' placed above the tab. E.g.:

                     PM--|
e|--------------------3-3-3-|
B|--------------------3-3-3-|
G|--------------------0-0-0-|
D|-----------0-2pb----2-2-2-|
A|----0/2-------------0-0-0-|
E|-3------------------x-x-x-|

Songs for practicing palm mute

Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water

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Tab version

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"Smoke On The Water" live performance in 1972.

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"Smoke On The Water" guitar lesson

Green Day - Basket Case

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"Basket Case" official music video

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"Basket Case" guitar lesson

See also

References

  1. 1 2 "Palm muting guide for beginners" Ultimate Guitar