Introduction to Power Chords and Palm Muting – Lesson 18

About Introduction to Power Chords and Palm Muting – Lesson 18

Level: Beginner

Introduction to Power Chords and Palm Muting – Lesson 18

In this lesson we introduce the Power Chord and concentrate on the right hand technique called Palm Muting.

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This is the main rhythm style and technique for Avenged Sevenfold as well as probably every metal band in existence!

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Lesson Comments

Emily Le
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Emily Le Hi Syn and Papa Gates! Thank you a lot for these super useful and comprehensive guitar lessons. Since yesterday I have taken from lesson 1 til 18 and with some self-taught knowledge about guitar, these are best lessons I've ever take! For many people who learning guitar through the internet like me, this helped me to correct any bad and wrong habit we had pickup over the year. I just have a small feedback on this lesson, since I'm not familiar with palm mute technique, can you record a more close-up on Papa Gates' palm? Because it's difficult to see how his palm against the string there. Maybe a few inch to the left would help. Once again thank both of you for creating this great community!
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Thank you! Glad you're learning! It's really kind of a "feel" thing. If You move your palm too far forward, you will mute the strings completely and get nothing but clicks. If your palm is too close to the bridge, you will get too much ring and sound from the strings. Just move it back and forth until you find the sweet spot where you can hear the notes - but they don't sustain at all. Make sense?
Brendan Brady
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Brendan Brady Hello Syn and Mr. Haner! First off, I really appreciate the videos! I made it my New Years resolution to get through as many videos as possible. As of now, I do well with full chords (open and barre), but I’ve always struggled with power chords mainly due to only hitting two strings at a time (the 4th and 5th string power chords especially give me trouble). I’m thinking that I just need to give it time, but any tips regarding the correct two as opposed to three or one would be greatly appreciated. Also, I currently only have an acoustic and was wondering if it’s more difficult to produce the correct sound when it comes to palm muting on an acoustic as opposed to electric. You guys are awesome for doing this! It’s even more in depth that I had originally anticipated.
Ivan Vakhrameev
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Ivan Vakhrameev Well, hitting only two strings isn't as difficult as it can seem. Especially if you're playing them palm-muted or holding back a bit. If you wanna strum them really hard, Billie Joe Armstrong-style, you can just mute all the other strings. If you're playing the power chord on the 6th and the 5th strings, you can just rest your 1st finger over the other strings so that they sound like dead notes. Then you can strum all 6 strings with only the needed two ringing out. If you're playing a power chord on the 5th and the 4th strings, you can do the same thing + mute the 6th string with the tip of your 1st finger. Furthermore, you can also add a third note to the power chord without ruining it, that third note being the octave of the root (first note in your chord). So instead of playing for example the 5th fret on the low E-string and the 7th fret on the A-string you can play those two + the 7th fret on the D-string. I find that such extended power chords have a much "fuller" sound That works for any power chord. To get a handle on the power chords I would recommend learning some Green Day or Offspring (or any Punk/Pop-Punk) songs. Hope this was helpful. \m/ P.S.: About Acoustic/Electric guitars - almost everything that you would do on an electric guitar you can do on an acoustic, it just will be slightly more difficult. But palm muting shouldn't be a problem at all.
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