Hello hive mind.
I'm slowly, oh so very slowly, trying to learn to play and I've hit my first big hurdle.
I'm using the Trinity Rock and Pop books and I'm looking at Desire by U2. Now I'm not interested in playing the song 'properly' as such, no down tuning and I'm sure the 'trinity' version isn't exactly what is being played on the record but that's not the point. I want to play what I'm being asked to play by the book.
Now if I just play the chords (Dsus2, A, E, A, E) I can make a reasonable fist of it. I mean it's 3 easy chords that's not the problem.
The book however wants to include muted strums between the chords (Dsus2,muted,A,muted,E, muted, A, E, muted, muted) and I'm really not sure how to achieve that.
The chords themselves include open strings so just lifting my fingers slightly will not mute those open strings. It's not like a barre chord where I can release the bar slightly to mute all the strings.
If I try palm muting with the right hand then it throws my rhythm off totally as it's a reasonably fast strumming pattern.
So I'm really not sure how I'm supposed to do it and I don't want to spend ages trying to figure it out. I'd prefer to know how I'm supposed to do it and then spend ages trying to make that work.
Any ideas gratefully received.