Guitars Glossary: P
palm mute; P.M.: A dampening technique in which you anchor the heel of your right hand against the strings just above the bridge.
pick: A small triangular piece, about the size of a quarter, used to strum the strings on a guitar.
pick-strum patterns: A rhythmic pattern that adds variety to the music by separating the bass and treble lines so that they play independently.
pick-style playing: A type of guitar playing that involves dragging a pick across the strings to produce sound.
pickup selector: A switch that determines which pickups are currently active.
pickups: Bar-like magnets that pick up the vibrations of an electric guitar's strings and transmit those signals to the amplifier.
pinch harmonics: An artificial harmonic created by simultaneously striking the string with a pick and the tip of your right thumb.
pitch: The specific wavelength frequency of a musical sound indicated as a letter from A to G with or without a sharp (#) or flat (b).
pitch pipe: A device that produces a single specific pitch, used as a reference to tune a guitar.
playing in position: A way of playing the guitar in which your left hand remains in a fixed location on the neck of the guitar.
plectrum: Any artificial device used to pluck or strum the strings of a guitar.
portamento: A smooth, continuous change in pitch often created by using a slide.
position: On the guitar, a position is a group of four consecutive frets.
pots: The electronic capacitors connected to the other side of a volume knob.
power chord: A chord consisting only of roots and fifths.
prebend and release: A bending effect that is created when you stretch a string before you strike it, then strike the string, and then release the bend.
pull-off: A guitar articulation technique in which a string is played by a fretting finger as it is released from a fret.