#1
What is the proper technique to muting strings properly? I'm confused as to palm mute or lift my fingers off. How should I practice them so I don't get plucks and little dinky noises?
#2
Well it depends what type of sound you want to get form your guitar. When you use your palm to mute the strings you will get a more "Muffled" bassy thuddy sound. And when you mute with your fingering hand it will make a more flat "Wicky-wicky" noise. Depending on what song your playing will depend on which you use. A palm mute is usually shown as an asterisk or simply a period or abbreviated PM, on tabs. While muting with your fingering hand is usually represented with x's.
#3
Quote by 311_4_Life
Well it depends what type of sound you want to get form your guitar. When you use your palm to mute the strings you will get a more "Muffled" bassy thuddy sound. And when you mute with your fingering hand it will make a more flat "Wicky-wicky" noise. Depending on what song your playing will depend on which you use. A palm mute is usually shown as an asterisk or simply a period or abbreviated PM, on tabs. While muting with your fingering hand is usually represented with x's.



Oh that's useful to know, I thought x's just meant palm muting too for some reason (also beginning to learn to play).

So in Smells like teen spirit 1 3 3 then x x x means just the same fingering, but muting them (er...how ? ), I think I know how to palm mute but fingering hand muting, no idea how that goes :/.

To stay ontopic : I tried a few videos on youtube and I saw some guy sliding his hand until you get the sound you desire, I can't help much more because I'm a beginner other than to say check palm muting vids.
#4
The X's mean to mute the string with your fingering hand, you mute all teh strings that the tabs shows have an x on them. So yeah you can keep your same fingering on a song like smells like teen spirit, so you go from
3 3 3 x x x
1 1 1 to x x x
1 1 1 x x x

so after you play the 311 part you just lift your fingers to when you pick the string, so the sound is muted.