Palm Muting

Palm muting involves the use of the picking hands palm purposely resting (not pushing) on top of the strings just inside where the strings meet the saddle of the guitar. The result causes the string to ring for a shorter period and to sound somewhat muffled or "muted". Although it may not seem like something you would do on purpose, the result is actually quite musical. Power chords are commonly affected by palm muting. The following examples of "Palm Muted Power chords". A common sound in Rock/Blues guitar playing.

 

  • Pick hand palm hovers above the strings just inside the saddle.

  • Lay Right hand palm down gently on top of strings to keep the string from ringing freely. This will produce the "palm muted" sound we're going for.

  • Keeping the palm mute intact, lower the pick onto the strings and pluck firmly. The result should be a "palm muted" sound.


Power Chord Examples with Palm Muting

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                                  Ex. 55


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