Palm muting is a technique used by guitarists to mute or dampen vibrations of the strings. If you are considering learning palm muting, the following 10 tips can help you:
Learning how to place your hand properly on the guitar will help you palm mute. Everyone has how or her own technique because our hands are different. However, you should understand that your notes will have more sustain if your hand is close to the bridge. On the other hand, if your hand is far away from the bridge, your notes may lose their definition.
Learn how to use the right pressure when plucking the strings. A light touch will mute the strings while a heavy touch with your palm will deaden the strings. Therefore, you need to experiment the right pressure to use while palm muting to do it right.
Your wrist should have a support to make it easy while palm muting. To achieve this, angle your wrist such that you can be able to touch the low E string with your pick while your palm is on the bridge area. Alternatively, your pinky finger can rest on the pick guard to ensure you’ve muted all the strings.
Now that your hand is appropriately placed, you’ve the right balance and you’ve pivoted your wrist, start playing. You can start strumming the power chords because you only need to mute a few strings at first.
Practicing thoroughly and often will help you learn fast and get the experience needed. If you have a friend or even a group of friends who know how to palm mute, seeking help is a good idea. You will learn a lot when you interact with other guitarists who already know about palm muting.
While practicing, making necessary adjustments from time to time is important to get desired results. It is not easy but persistence and commitment will help you get it right. Learning how to place your hand appropriately and using the right pressure when strumming the strings are some adjustments you need to make.
It is quite hard for beginners to change between strings. The hard part is making the hand remain on the same position while changing between strings! The only part of the hand that should move are the joints of the fingers that are holding the pick. You just need to practice a lot and you will get it right.
If you’ve not mastered palm muting well, you can just recalibrate each guitar you use to play to make it easy when playing. After you have learnt how to palm mute, you can start recalibrating each guitar you buy or use to play.
If your amp has a distortion, it is advisable to turn it on because it accentuates palm muting.
Listening to your favorite songs for palm muting and identifying where and how often it is used will help you learn. You will enhance your own palm muting playing technique and become a better guitarist.