Palm Muting Technique (Guitar Lesson)


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Mark Lincoln

Palm Muting Technique

Lesson 21 is a repeat of lesson 20's content only with a whole new set of chords and techniques. The"chords de jour" will be a little simpler than lesson 20's and will also include a much more in depth explanation of palm muting. How exciting!

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Guitar Performance seriesLength: 20:05Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (05:55) Review and Chords Review
Pleas practice and review the following before moving on :
1. Single note hum
2. Three note hum
3. Hum "me-me-me-me" to "mah-mah-mah-mah" to "me-ma-me-ma" to "mo-mo-mo-mo"
4. Wake up the breath with "sah-sah-sah" long and sustained then five times staccato
5. "Sah" in five note descending scales then five note ascending scales
6. Start softly with each then gradually get louder and louder, faster and faster until you reach the volume and speed that you feel you will be using during the performance
7. Practice singing along with guitar rhythms that you've been using in the last few lessons or with material that you've discovered on your own and apply the steps explained above to your playing.
8. Relax and enjoy!
In last week's lesson we focused on combining the different elements of picking and strumming. We also used the hammering and bending techniques, which further diversified our sound and made our song more interesting. Singing vocals over the top merely made the song complete. This week's lesson will be a repeat of last week's content only with a whole new set of chords and techniques. Don't forget to follow the vocal warm-ups and make sure that your voice is ready to sing! Our "chords de jour" will be a little simpler than last week's.

We'll be using the following chords for today's exercise:

Am
E_0_
B_1_
G_2_
D_2_
A_0_
E_x_

D7
E_2_
B_1_
G_2_
D_0_
A_x_
E_x_

G major
E_3_
B_0_
G_0_
D_0_
A_2_
E_3_

C major
E_0_
B_1_
G_0_
D_2_
A_3_
E_x_

F major
E_1_
B_1_
G_2_
D_3_
A_3_
E_1_


Dm
E_1_
B_3_
G_2_
D_0_
A_x_
E_x_

E major
E_0_
B_0_
G_1_
D_2_
A_2_
E_0_

G7
E_1_
B_0_
G_0_
D_0_
A_2_
E_3_
Chapter 2: (14:24) Palm Muting and Play Along We're going to be incorporating some other techniques into this song that we've discussed in previous lessons as well. Take another look at Lesson 10 in this series (Lesson 10 Voice and Guitar) to review the idea of striking the tonic as we're going to be using that particular technique throughout the song as well. We're also going to be using palm muting to create a dynamic shift between the verses and choruses. Here's a quick reminder of how that technique can be accomplished.

Palm Muting-this effect, known as "pizzicato" in classical circles, is a technique used to dampen or mute the strings of the guitar. The opponents pad of the hand, which is the muscular area directly beneath the thumb and the support system of the thumb.

The opponents as well as the area adjacent to the pad can also be rested upon the strings where the pressure upon the strings will dictate how much the strings are actually getting muted. With too much pressure, the strings are completely muted. With not enough pressure, you will lose the effect that you are seeking. Henceforth...balance is the key here! Experiment with this technique to find the correct balance of soft and light that works for you. We'll be palm muting the chords in the verse throughout the song.

The Chorus - this particular song ties chords together with two different series of notes during the chorus that give this tune its signature sound. The first group of notes that we will be incorporating in this case (Riff 1) will be a descending scale that goes C, B, A, G, F, E, D and C, beginning on the B-string 1st fret and descending to the A string on the 3rd fret (a C note).
E|------------------|   

B|--1-0-------------| 

G|---- -2-0---------|

D|---------3-2-0----|

A|----------------3-|

E|------------------|
The second group of notes (Riff 2) goes G, G, A, C, C, C, C, A or
E|----------------------|

B|----------------------|

G|----------------------|

D|----------------------|

A|-----0-3-3-3-3--0--|

E|-3-3------------------|   
 
Of note here is the structure of your hand as you play both of these riffs. Keep in mind that you'll need to do this little scale in time and still make sure that you hit the next chord in the series in time after you've completed the run( sorry for all the bold face type but I had to make a point!! This takes a little practice and may be an area for you to work on independently from the rest of the song before you attempt to incorporate it into the song. So, without further ado here is the song!

Wild World by Cat Stevens
  Am              D7                 G
V1. Now that I've lost everything to you

             C                      F
You say you want to start something new

          Dm                       E                                   
And it's breaking my heart you're leaving, baby I'm grieving

Am                  D7              G
But if you want to leave take good care

                 C                      F
Hope you have a lot of nice things to wear

            Dm                      E       G7                                                  
But then a lot of nice things turn bad out there

       C    G                F               
Chorus-Oh, baby, baby it's a wild world (Riff 1)

G                F               C     
It's hard to get by just upon a smile (Riff 2)

C     G                F               
Oh, baby, baby it's a wild world (Riff 1)

G            F                  C      Dm     
I'll always remember you like a child, girl

V2. You know I've seen a lot of what the world can do

And it's breaking my heart in two

'Cos I never want to see you sad girl, don't be a bad girl

But if you want to leave take good care

Hope you make a lot of nice friends out there

But just remember there's a lot of bad and beware


Chorus- Oh, baby,baby it's a wild world... (Riff 1)

It's hard to get by just upon a smile (Riff 2)

Oh Baby baby it's a wild world (Riff 1)

And I'll always remember you like a child, girl
 

(Instrumental) , Baby I love you

But if you want to leave take good care

Hope you make a lot of nice friends out there

But just remember there's a lot of bad and beware

C         G           F             
Chorus-Oh, baby, baby it's a wild world (Riff 1)

G                F              C    
It's hard to get by just upon a smile (Riff 2)

C     G                F               
Oh, baby, baby it's a wild world (Riff 1)

G             F                   C           
I'll always remember you like a child, girl

Watch me carefully in the video as I incorporate the use of palm muting during the verses. Also, watch for both Riff 1 and Riff 2 during the choruses and the manner in which I keep the time signature straight. It is of the utmost importance that you are able to maintain the integrity of the time signature, so play this song in pieces until you can bring the whole thing together!

Exercise 1
Practice both Riff 1 and Riff 2 while paying attention to how you transition into the chord that follows each riff. (G is the next chord after Riff 1 and C is the next chord after Riff 2). Make sure your transitions are smooth and remember to use a time keeping device such as a metronome.

Exercise 2
Once you have the riffs down, practice palm muting the chords in the verses to achieve a nice discernible change between the dynamics of the verses and the choruses. Once you're, ready put the whole song together and have fun!!!

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Julius KJulius K replied on June 25th, 2013

Hey Mark, is see and understand what you are guiding us to do. My question is when you learn a new song or any song is this the way you do it or are there different tecniques you use.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on October 24th, 2009

Hey Sean thanx for writing in as well as the great feedback! Rock on my friend! Mark

sean.egansean.egan replied on October 24th, 2009

Hey, fun lesson. Thanks.

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Palm Muting Technique

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