TeCh­nique Fo­Cus

Down pick­ing and mut­ing

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY: RHYTHM -

All 10 ex­am­ples and the jam track will re­ally test your down stroke pick­ing and palm mut­ing tech­nique. Down pick­ing can add uni­for­mity to the attack and im­prove the tim­ing, es­pe­cially when us­ing qua­vers (eighth notes). There is a cut-off, tempo wise, when down pick­ing is no longer fea­si­ble, but with some prac­tice it is pos­si­ble to reach pretty fast tem­pos. Prac­tice down pick­ing a qua­ver rhythm with a metronome at a slow tempo first, and only when you can ex­e­cute the part ac­cu­rately should you raise the BPM. Re­mem­ber speed is a bi-prod­uct of ac­cu­racy and you should strive to ex­e­cute all the parts cor­rectly at a slow tempo first. With this solid foun­da­tion es­tab­lished it is eas­ier to bring things up to speed. The palm mute helps to thicken the sound, and also adds a per­cus­sive attack to the notes. Adding a palm mute does how­ever change the po­si­tion of the pick­ing hand slightly, so it is good to prac­tise al­ter­nat­ing be­tween palm mute and no palm mute. If you have a float­ing vi­brato bridge ex­tra care will need to taken, so as not to push the strings out of tune when you ap­ply the palm mute.

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