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Muting Technique

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I need a little help with this, and I apologize if this has been covered and I just can not find it. In the first of the easy songs that Mr. Hodge does, "Horse With No Name," I notice that in the second measure he hits the three consecutive upbeat notes and seems to have a bit of what I would call staccato to them (that is the what we called them on wind instruments anyway). Those chords are very crisp and short. I have heard talk about palm muting and such, but really have no idea how to accomplish it, or if that is even what I would want to do in this case. Can anyone give me a suggestion or point me toward a place that may answer this?

Thanks in advance.

Seagull M6 Gloss

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Here's a link or two that might help:

Link #1

Link #2

Link #3

Hope these help.

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. - Wernher Von Braun (1912-1977)

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Great links Dagwood :D
As for the Horse With No Name bit.
When you upstroke, lay the side of your hand on the strings to kill the sound just after finishing the stroke. Do this after each of the upstrokes.
Takes a little practice but is not real hard to do.