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palm mutes? [Feb. 3rd, 2005|11:14 am]
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hey punks,

i can play guitar okay-ishly. i can do powerchords-sliding-up-and-down-the-fret-board type stuff, but can't do anything very intricate, like competent solos. my question is about palm mutes.

i love that metal-influenced, chunka-chunka, chub chub guitar sound thrown into hc songs, ala NYHC or Amebix. i can do palm mutes okay. but is there any sort of trick to getting a really fast, galloping sort of dugga-dugga sound? any tips?

i know stuff like this is easier to just SHOW someone that to write about, but a lot of punks ongs have very fast repetitive palm mutes and when i try to do it fast my pick inevitably gets caught in the strings and flies out of my hand.


From: jack_squat
2005-02-03 02:41 pm (UTC)
important things to work on are using as little of the pick as you can (i.e. not putting the pick too deep between the strings, so there is more chance for it to get caught up on the strings. second thing is to his the strings not only with down strokes but also upstrokes. this might be obvious but it just takes practice.
but i agree with you if you were here i could show you much easier than trying to tell you. try those tips and see how it works.
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[User Picture]From: smoking_is_cool
2005-02-03 05:30 pm (UTC)
like this man said, less exposed pick and tread lightly up and down and only rest a little of your palm backside on the bridge (you'll find that you get a slew of other cool sounds from your guitar by employing all these together - thumb harmonics are the best). also, think of it like your fore arm is controlling the speed and rythm. i also recommend practicing it like your practicing some kind of gross physical exercise, do it until your fore arm hurts. like burns.

try this...

listen to the song "Nothing For The Future". we never fully mixed those, so my guitar is kinda loud and easy to follow.

Play along to the bridge (its a palm muted bar chord "B"...7th fret..whole way through) i move my third finger to the B note played on D string about half way through for accent, but ignore that. then try the chorus, all i did was track myself palm muting through B F D C (4 'strum counts' on each) twice then record the same chord progression in bar chords open for fullness, the palm muting comes out the most.

also, we're recording this weekend, so i'm sure i'll have some shit to post from that.

let me know how it goes.

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From: jack_squat
2005-02-03 05:50 pm (UTC)
i wonder if know you. i grew up in holbrook mass, and hung out with steve after he had already moved a hand full of times. were you in mortar blast maybe? and did you go to mass com? just wondering...
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[User Picture]From: smoking_is_cool
2005-02-03 10:10 pm (UTC)
I was. I was the 2nd guitarist that was added late in the game. After I joined, Pete-Nutz decided that TSR was more important, and kevin and jenn smoked too much weed.

later me and charlie re-started the band, but it was ill fated.
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From: jack_squat
2005-02-04 09:19 am (UTC)

tsr yes they are the suburban rejects is who they are...

yeah i met charlie i think. was he in dissident nation? i used to have their demo and all i can remember is that it had the quote from the simpsons when lisa went to washington. ahhh nostalgia.
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[User Picture]From: smoking_is_cool
2005-02-04 11:47 am (UTC)

Re: tsr yes they are the suburban rejects is who they are...

he certainly was. wow, i hadn't thought about dissident nation in years.

he sings for the villains now.
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From: syndicalist
2005-02-08 12:13 pm (UTC)
thanks a lot for your help! this will def. come in handy. i hecked out the website and downloaded the available mp3s -- awesome stuff. thanks again bro
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[User Picture]From: smoking_is_cool
2005-02-08 12:27 pm (UTC)
we actually just re-recorded that this past weekend. hit me with your email address and and i'll send you a link to the rough mix
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[User Picture]From: smoking_is_cool
2005-02-03 05:40 pm (UTC)
oh yeah, i thought of this a moment ago - whatever your amp's "mid" is set to, turn that down halfway. like from 8 to 4. and turn the low way up, and the high to somewhere around 60-70%. toy with it, you'll love the sound.
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[User Picture]From: outintospace
2005-11-21 10:46 am (UTC)
What kind of amp do you use currently? Also, how hard is your pick? I use a very hard pick on my bass, but my strings are obviously thicker.
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