I am working through Yenne Lee's arrangement of Autumn Leaves. I'd post the youtube video of her playing it, but I think it may just be removed, so you can search youtube for "Autumn Leaves Yenne Lee" to see it if you're not familiar (it is amazing). I'm working on the palm muted section from 5:00 to 6:17 and i can't seem to get the palm muting.
It's difficult to get even palm muting that is not to heavy or too light, so I try my best to keep my right hand palm parallel to the bridge and just on top of the bridge. But then if I try to use my thumb nail to pluck the strings, I have to twist my thumb back in a way that is difficult and I think I might pull something, and it sounds overly bright. So I tried just using my thumb flesh and not the nail, but then it's difficult to get decent volume and speed. I've attached 3 pictures.
1) My right hand palm resting on the strings
2) My thumb positioned with the nail ready to strike the string
3) My thumb positioned with my flesh ready to strike the string
Any suggestions? Right now I'm practicing it without any palm muting. It still sounds good, just not as good as with the palm muting.
1) palm resting on the strings
2) nail ready to strike the string
3) flesh ready to strike the string
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