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Definition: A common guitar technique used in metal, punk, and various other forms of distorted-guitar oriented music.

Theory: (some opinion interjected) The palm muting boosts the bass and cuts the treble of the tone, lending a more crunchy, almost growling sound. This is enhanced when the sound has already been distorted. The usage for this effect ( to create anger/tension ) may have something to do with dominating human males's deeper voices, inspiring some fear and, hand in hand, some hostility.

Practice: The palm of the right hand ( if one is playing a right handed guitar ) is placed lightly on the strings just in front of the bridge. The right hand strums or picks notes while lightly pressing down on the strings to produce the desired effect. Voila!

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