#1
So I play guitar, but I'm loking to take up bass soon. Many of my friend sown basses and I enjoy them alot, although, this may sound stupid, but I've palm-muted before while playing bass, and it sounded great, but wanted to know, is it necessary, or is there anysongs with a bass being palm muted or other stuff.

and has anyone ever tried?
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#2
I have palm muted . its just like any other technique. what ever floats your boat. dont know any songs with it though.
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#3
Of course it's not "necessary". Nothing really is.

Muting is quite common in funk music, although that's performed with the left hand rather than the palm of the right.

I can't think of any songs that employ it, although I can't imagine no one doing it.
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#4
Unless the bassist has a distortion pedal I don't think most would find a use for palm muting. I play guitar and whenever I pick up a bass I throw down some palm mutes to show that I am more teknichulz than them. Just do whatever you want there are no real rules to playing an instrument except notes. Do whatever technique you want.
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#6
dumb question, but to palm mute don't you need a pick? i know that you can play with one, but if you're playing without one is there a way to do it?
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#7
Its used in LOTS of southern rock... think Allman Brothers' Whippin' Post.

It can be an effective method to get a "dub" sort of sound, and I use it to get closer to that Paul McCartney Hofner sound, such as on Come Together...


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#8
The Who, anyone?

Entwistle used palm muting all the time, especially on Tommy. Listen to Tommy Can You Hear Me? and my favourite, the "dreamy" section of Sparks - perhaps the best use of palm muting on bass ever. Led Zeppelin's D'yer Mak'er (pronounced "Jamaica"), too.

Some of the fuzzak players use their thumb while palm muting, but I think the proper palm mute sound comes from a pick.
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#9
hitchin a ride by greenday has some palm muting in it.....the live version anyways

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So I play guitar, but I'm loking to take up bass soon. Many of my friend sown basses and I enjoy them alot, although, this may sound stupid, but I've palm-muted before while playing bass, and it sounded great, but wanted to know, is it necessary, or is there anysongs with a bass being palm muted or other stuff.

and has anyone ever tried?

"Money" by Pink Floyd is palm muted very lightly.
#13
Quite a bit of R & B and funk use palm muting. "Stand By Me" is impossible to play on electric without palm muting. "Respect" is another one that comes to mind.