#1
So, even though I've played live numerous times, I never had to palm mute. But now that I'm into heavy shit, obviously there's a lot of palm muting involved. When I'm sat, everything's fine. But when I try to palm mute while standing, I can't seem to find a comfortable position. If I kind of raise the neck, I can play lead very well and reach all the frets, but can't possibly fit my hand onto the bridge to palm mute. If I lower the neck, thus raising the bridge, I can fit my hand onto it and palm mute, but can't play anything else because the frets are too far.

Any help?! Please...
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#2
Try bring up the guitar a bit more, it'll be a lot more comfortable...
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#3
Yeah, the guitar is too low is all.
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#4
Try doing the gothic lunge so you can rest your guitar on your knee, or just rest a leg on something so you can use it to angle the guitar a bit better.
#5
How high do you have your guitar?


Strap it up higher and you'll probably find it easier.
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#6
If you want to preserve looks, you can try leaning over more? Look at Hetfield, he wears his guitars mighty low and he just took a more bending over approach.

Or just raise the strap.
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#7
Grow longer arms...or you could just raise your guitar.
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#10
^agreed.

Imo, playing your guitar up to your belly or higher makes you look cool. *shrugs*
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#12
Ahem... I know you all think I wear my guitar very low cause it's cool and all, but actually I wear my guitar almost Morello-like. I mean, I guess I could raise my strap even more and see what happens, but it's high enough in my opinion. You know, a normal kind of height.

I mean, I can just keep my foot on the "toolbox" or whatever it's called, but it's boring as hell to be standing in one position... I wanna run around like an ass and have fun
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#13
Just make sure the guitar is above belt height, you shouldn't be having problems above that zone.
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#14
Yeah, but thanks for the advice anyway I mean, it seems like a logical thing to do since like 10 people said the same thing.
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#15
What kind of guitar is it anyway? I find my epi g400 is amazingly effective and comfortable for palm mutes - sitting or standing. But my strat copy well I just find the bridge too far back to do it comfortably (I assume though if I kept practing i'd get used to the strat and get a good technique for it)
#16
It's a Strat alright, but I played my last show with a Les Paul (they said it was real, but I'm still sceptical, so let's say it was a copy) - it was better, of course, but since Strat is MY guitar I kind of care about it, not about the Les Paul.

But it isn't too "metal" to have your guitar on your chest, is it?.. :-/
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