Couple more questions for you guys...

1. What angle should the pick be at against the strings? Should it be almost 45 or slightly less or what?

2. (this is probably related to #1) What is the proper technique to doing alternate picked palm muted notes? I'm having trouble doing these fairly fast so I wonder if my technique is just bad. Examples:




thanks a bunch
Well, the angle of the pick depends on your personal preference. Some people hold it at a right angle to the strings, others hold it at a 45, it isn't terribly important, as long as you are comfortable with what you're doing.

About the alternate palm muting. Try playing really really slow so you get the feel of how you have to angle your hand to block the strings. Once you get the proper position speed it up and go from there.

My Guitars:
Fender Mustang.
Yamaha FG-413SL.