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10 Tips to Master Palm Muting on the Guitar
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Power in the Palm of Your Hand: 10 Tips for Mastering Palm Muting

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.

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Top 10 Lead Guitar Skills
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10 Moves to Boost Your Lead Guitar Skills

Note from the editor: The following is a featured article by Rob over at Chainsaw Guitar Tuition. If you enjoy this incredibly useful tutorial, check out his website to find more.

Whether you’ re just getting started playing lead guitar, or you have experience, we all need that boost every now and then to take our playing up a level.

If you’ve tried various lead guitar moves, but can’t quite sound like your heros, read on…

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Tips for getting great sound playing guitar live on stage
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5 Tips the Pros Use To Sound Better Live

When you’re playing live it’s important to make sure that you’re coming across in the best way possible. This usually means that you’ll need to employ the same tactics that guitar legends use to blow their audiences away and dominate the spotlight.

But how exactly do these players achieve such amazing live tone and build their fan bases by the hundreds?

Here are some tips and tricks that will help you sound like a professional in no time…

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5 different ways to tune your guitar
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5 Different Ways to Tune a Guitar (& When to Use Them)

Tuning a guitar is a basic skill that every guitarist begins learning the first day they pick up their guitar. It’s not really the act of tuning that’s the skill, though…it’s developing the ear for tuning.

I once heard a well-known guitar luthier in Nashville, Tennessee talk about how the most trained human ear can be as accurate – and sometime even more accurate – than an electronic tuner. It takes years, even decades, to get to this point, however, and even then we need a baseline from which to tune (unless you’re one of the 1 in 10,000 people who has perfect pitch).

Even though the outcome of various tuning methods is the same (get the guitar in tune!), the fact is that different tuning methods are appropriate for different situations. Below I want to share with you five of my favorite tuning methods and how they are best used.

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