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March 7, 2013

Palm Muting

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Written by: Mike Abbott

Palm Muting the guitar strings will inject attitude into your

Palm Muting Tips:

  1. Lay the right edge of your palm(opposite your thumb-see picture)
    on top of the bridge.
  2. As you are strumming (with palm muting), get more
    wristy so that guitar strings will “snap”.
  3. You can add more or less muting depending on how
    much you let the guitar string ring. For less
    muting – move the palm towards the bridge. For
    more muting, move the palm away from the bridge.
  4. The palm mute should sound like a
    “thunk” when you play it. Try to mute
    all of the guitar strings equally!
  5. In TAB Notation, the symbol for palm muting is
    P.M.- – – –

Mute Strumming:

  1. You can also use your palm to perform mute strumming(see Mute Strumming)
  2. As you are strumming, lay your palm over all of
    the guitar strings(wherever your hand happens to
    be)to mute a strum. Be sure to use a lot of wrist
  3. You can hear all of the greats do these types of
    palm muting on the guitar: Bob Dylan, Jimi
    Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty
    (Credence Clearwater Revival), and Blink 182.

This picture shows the right palm on the guitar bridge

Check out these songs with palm muting
All The Small Things – Bling 182
Led Zeppelin – Babe I’m gonna leave you



A palm muting exercise



  • Practice the Bridge muting with the metronome 

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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