Guitar Noise Podcast #10 – Adding Palm Muting


The tenth Guitar Noise Podcast gives us an introduction to palm muting, how it’s done and, more importantly, how it can become a vital part of your strumming bag of tricks.

After some initial exercises, we’ll be using the Am chord a lot, first doing an Am to G to F (or Fmaj7) to E chord progression where using palm muting allows us to create an interesting walking descending bass line.

Then we’ll focus again on the Am chord (along with the F or Fmaj7) in order to add hammer-ons and little fills to our basic palm muting strum. You’ll sound like a Seventies singer/songwriter in no time!

As always, I’ll be walking you step by step through the lesson. And, as always, please let us know what you think.


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About David Hodge

Since joining Guitar Noise in November 1999, David has written over a thousand articles, lessons, interviews and reviews. He also serves as the site's Managing Editor, supervising all content in addition to the continued writing of his own lessons and articles.

In April 2013, David also joined the writing staff of, heading up their Guitar Pages.

And if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, David also contributes frequently to Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He also is the author of three Idiot's Guide to Guitar books: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Guitar, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Rock Guitar and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Bass Guitar as well as The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing the Ukulele and the co-writer of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Art of Songwriting.

Comments [1]

  1. Hi David-

    I wasn’t exactly sure what you were doing with the F chord at the end of the Podcast. You mentioned that you were catching the low G note at the end of the measure, but I wasn’t sure what fingering you were using to do that. If I followed it correctly, you were using the FMaj7 using the thumb to cover the low F note. I just wasn’t understanding how you were catching the G at the end of the measure. Perhaps if you tabbed that out I could follow it. I liked the sound of it and would like to be able to do it.



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