Watch the Why Ohio Why Breakdown 3 online guitar lesson by Matthieu Brandt from Slap, Frail, & Thump
Why Ohio Why Breakdown 3
You might have noticed that when you play these slaps in a 16th feel that it's difficult to NOT have any strings ringing through. To play these 16ths you have to quickly move from one chord to the other. This means that you often don't have the time to dampen the slaps and you get an extra note or two.
Well, why not use this to our advantage? Playing palm slaps means that on 2 beats in a song we only have a percussive sound. These beats didn't hold any melody notes and that's kind of a shame, because sometimes we come up with melodies that use these beats. By aiming the fingers of your right hand a little more precise, you can add melody notes to beat 2 and 4. Sometimes even two notes will ring out and you'll hear different textures of melodies every time you play it.
Experiment with different hand/finger positions to create the sound you like.