Lesson 5: Doing the Percussive Slap...without a pick

Discussion in 'Strumming And Rhythm Mastery Questions And Comment' started by Wolfie, Dec 27, 2018.

  1. Wolfie

    Wolfie Guitar is like chess...I am not very good at chess

    Sep 15, 2018
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    So I have been working on Lesson 5 of SARM for the last few weeks. I rarely play with a pick though and am having some difficulty making the percussive sound loud enough.

    When I normally strum, I have my thumb and pointer finger at a 90 degree angle from each other (basically like I am hold an invisible pick). I down-strum with the end of my pointer finger. I up-strum with the fingernail side of the thumb.

    I have tried two methods of making this sound correct:
    1) Palm muting with the meaty part of my palm in conjunction with raking the top of my pointer finger across the strings.
    2) Same palm muting style, but using all 4 of my non-thumb fingers to slap the top of the strings to get the snare drum feel.

    Option 1 allows me to stay in time better it feels like, but option 2 is louder and clearer.

    I am very much a beginner guitar player, so I appreciate any recommendations on a better way to do this (without using a pick of course)?