I have a general idea of how to do dead notes (put fingers on string but not enough pressure to actually play notes) but I'm having problems figuring out how to play the dead notes in "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. Any help please?
erm, fret the chord normally, play it the required number of times, and gently lift ur fingers up off the fret board but not off the strings. then strum, hopefully it will give the percussive sound. keep practicing at it and u will understand it and get better at it
Just hang your left hand over the fretboard, without pressing it down. The more fingers you put on the easier it is to get the muted sound.
If you get more of a harmonic sound, put more fingers on the string, or palm mute it as you play the dead note. That's what works for me.
with smells like teens spirit you bay be hitting the natural harmonic on the fifth fret when doing the strumming, try muting the strings as far from a natural harmonic as possible