Guitarists are always on the lookout for ways to alter or distort their sound, and a very useful tool for the more aggressive styles of guitar playing is palm muting. As the name suggests, palm muting involves the use of the palm of your picking hand to dampen, or mute, the vibrations of the strings—on purpose!
Palm muting creates a “chugging” sound. While it is mostly associated with heavier styles of music played on electric guitar with lots of distortion, it’s also used in other forms of music, including country and folk. Palm muting is a technique you should know whether you play electric or acoustic guitar.
In the 1950s a young teenage boy from Canada became enamored by the smooth licks of American guitarist Duane Eddy. He went to his local music shop and bought a cheap $18 guitar in an effort to learn Eddy’s style. Nobody knew at the time that this teenager, whose name was Jean Larrivee, would go on to become one of the most influential Canadian guitar makers, whose guitars would be valued at over 150x’s that of his first guitar.
In 2013, a Canadian astronaut named Chris Hadfield floated through the International Space Station strumming the song Space Oddity on his parlor guitar. 25 million views later, the rest of the world was introduced to a guitar that Canada already knew to be great: Larrivée guitars.
If you’re reading this, that means that your dad (or your husband/step-dad, etc) is a musician. Whether he plays the guitar, bass, mandolin or other stringed instrument…it doesn’t really matter.
What matters is that you can capitalize on his passion for music by buying a gift that he’ll actually love and use. It’s the least you can do, right?