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Bandwa gon Mu s i c S t ud i o s
Here doing accents will change the flavour of
this sixteenth note strum pattern. Normally we
accent the first sixteenth to highlight the
beginning of each beat. Try these two
variations. The first is suited to disco e.g. Jive
Talkin' by the Bee Gees, while the second would
be suited to fast reggae or ska.
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(b) Palm Muting.
You can use palm muting to get more crunch
from the guitar. Palm muting is when you rest
your strumming hand on the bridge of the
guitar so that your palm lightly rests on the
strings. Not only does this give more crunch
but it also takes away the "ringing ness” of the
strings. You'll often find especially at loud
volumes that the strings tend to ring too much.
You can vary the amount of palm muting by
sliding your hand back and forward on the
bridge. A lot of palm on the strings for heavy
damping or just a little palm on the strings for
light damping. If you like slide your hand
completely off the strings for no damping.
The symbol for palm muting is the initials P.M.
Here is one of the most common strums in rock
music. It uses all down strums and power
chords to give a lot of grunt.
Example 1. Classic Rock Strum.