#1
I'm having a bit of trouble making muted notes sound the way I want them to. The goal I have in mind is something similar to the muted notes in the opening riff of "Stronghold" by Yngwie Malmsteen, where they have a very sharp attack, almost a "chicka" type of sound.

Any pointers to work on?
#2
use all your fingers to bar the strings... to get the "chicka" sound, use a down then an up stroke
#4
yea, just lay all your left hand fingers across the strings (or just three fingers, however many is necessary for the sound you want) and strum.

[didn't think ralph was specific enough]
#5
Depending on where you place your hand over the strings will vary the sound. Closer to the nut will give you more of a "chunka", while up higher on the neck will give you more of a "Chicka". Also, which strings you strike will vary the sound. Watch out for where natural harmonics are very prominent though, as they will ring.
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#7
No doubt. You are correct.
Washburn D-12
Ibanez RG
Ibanez RG 7321
Epiphone Les Paul / EMG 81 85
Fender MIM Ash Stratocaster
Digitech Whammy
Small Stone Phaser
Boss SD-1-Modded
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Boss DD-3-Modded
ISP Decimator
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