What's the difference between Palm Muting and Dampening?And how do they each look in TAB?
Last edited by Zane Chaos at Sep 2, 2009,
No one knows?
I've never really heard a reference to dampening so I can't really say about that. Usually tabs will have a 'PM' when referring to palm muting but most won't include that sort of information and it's up to the guitarist to figure that out from the song itself
Palm muting is muting the note just enough so that it's "dampened", but just enough so that the note still rings out, giving a low, chunky sound. Dampaning, assuming we're thinking of the same thing, is just completely muting the note, but the string still makes a percussive sound when you hit it.
I was thinking he meant dampening as in muting the other strings you are not playing. In that case, that doesn't appear in the sheet music - it's assumed. Instead, when you are not supposed to dampen the other strings, it will let you know. For example, with "let ring" followed by a dotted line letting you know how long to let the other notes ring for. When you are bending, and need to play another note(s) on top of the bend w/o ending the bent note, it will say "hold bend" followed by the same dotted line. Or in some cases, it will show the undampened note as a tied note.