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March 7, 2013
 

Muted Guitar Strings

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Written by: Mike Abbott

You hear your favorite guitar
players mute guitar strings ….Check it out!!

  1. You can mute guitar strings the with the left
    hand, right side of the palm, or a combination of
    both.
  2. Practice string muting with the left hand
    first
    (SEE PICTURE 1).
  3. Lay any or all fingers across
    the guitar strings at the same time that you
    release the pressure on the guitar chord.
  4. When you get good with that, try muting with the
    right palm (SEE PICTURE 2). Do
    this just like the Palm muting (See Palm muting)
    , but put the palm down on the
    strings wherever your right hand happens to be
    strumming.
  5. Strum the mute the exact same way that you would
    strum a guitar chord, but use more wrist since
    your palm is on the strings.

PICTURE 1
This picture shows four left fingers laying on the guitar strings 

PICTURE 2
This picture shows the right palm resting on the guitar strings 

Check out these songs with mute strumming
All The Small Things – Blink 182
Proud Mary – Credence Clearwater Revival
Nirvana – Smells like Teen Spirit

A mute strum is written with an “x” notehead

Here are two strum exercises for muting guitar strings 

 


    • Practice these slowly at first without the
      metronome – keep a steady beat
    • Practice the strums with the metronome
    • Practice it with distortion and without


About the Author

Mike Abbott
Mike is a pro guitarist and music educator.  He has performed with such diverse acts as the Rolling Stones Horns, Sammy Davis Jr., and Burt Bacharach.   After spending much of his music career in New York City, He now is a very busy guitarist in the Denver area, performing and teaching extensively. Mike's latest work is a book, The Guitar and Amp Sourcebook, published by Harper Collins and released in December 2012.



 
 

 
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