Scratching And Muting

by Ivan Milenkovic

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  • Hi GMCers! This tutorial is dedicated to muting and scratching techniques. Beginner players who are just starting to develop their rhythm playing techniques can find all the important aspects of 6 individual muting and scratching techniques.

    Techniques that we will cover in this tutorial are (links lead to wiki explanations of some of the words)

    * Palm Muting
    * Funk Rhythm
    * Skank Rhythm
    * Ska Rhythm
    * Harmonics
    * Raking Rhythm

    Most of these techniques can be applied to single notes too, and can be used during leads as well. For this lesson we will focus on showing them all on a simple 4 powerchord progression:

    F#m - A - E - Bm

    Why is it so important to learn all these techniques? Well, once you master them, it will be much easier to adapt your rhythm playing to current situation you are in and you will become more versatile player who can handle more styles of music. Having this ability is very important and knowing how and when to use these techniques is crucial for every player. Join me in this tutorial, and you will get answers to all these questions.

    For additional lessons on all of these techniques, click on the links bellow for a selection of lessons that cover similar topic:

    Palm Muting
    Funk Rhythm
    Skank Rhythm
    Ska Rhythm
    Raking Rhythm

    *Standard E
    * E - A - D - G - B - E
    (From thick to thin)

    Equipment & Tone Settings:
    * Fender Telecaster John 5 Signature Electric guitar, bridge pickup position
    * Focusrite OctoPre MKII preamp/converter into E-MU 1212m audio system
    * Stereo Guitar Doubled Tracks: LEFT (Guitar Rig 4, Hiwatt emulation) RIGHT (Overloud TH2, Rock '65 amp emulation + TS)

    If you have any questions:
    * Give feedback (upper-right-corner)
    * My Personal Board
    * General Forum

    Enjoy!/ Ivan

    (A major key) F# minor scale fraction (used in the lesson)


    Chords used on the lesson (some techniques require only fractions of chords being fretted):

    F# minor:

    A major:

    E major:

    B minor:

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