Unable to get a natural harmonic on the 9th fret

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  1. busta_bird

    busta_bird Supporting Member

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    I've searched around and read posts about the many factors that contribute to a natural harmonic. I have a Yamaha TRB1004 (35'' scale 4 string) and can't seem to get the harmonic on the 9th fret. I have no issues getting them on 3/5/12. Any idea what my problem might be?
     
  2. Gawd

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    Are you placing your finger right over the actual fret between the frets?
     
  3. busta_bird

    busta_bird Supporting Member

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    Right over the 9th fret closest to the bridge. Same way as the other frets. Do you think it has anything to do with the scale?
     
  4. JTE

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    It's a tough one to get. On my basses I have to stop the node just shy of the 9th fret, not right on the fret.

    John
     
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  6. Buchada Azeda

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    ^ You've got intonation issues.

    To the OP: I can get that harmonic on my 35" fiver; scale has got nothing to do with that. The problem could be either your strings and/or the intonation.
     
  7. deaf pea

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    busta_bird, you need to put your finger a bit BEFORE the fret, about the width of MY finger . . . :cool: . . .

    Also the strings should be new, or almost so. Roundwound strings are the easiest to produce natural harmonics with.
     
  8. SteveC

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    I'd check your intonation. Could be a hair off.
     
  9. Grey Sarcasm

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    Although new strings are certainly easier to get harmonics with, I get harmonics just fine on my 6-month old D'Addario flats. Definitely check your intonation.
     
  10. TBAR Shane

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    Look out, zombie thread.
     
  11. RhynoRock

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    Your EQ can help that as well. I noticed harmonics showing through MUCH more with upper mids boosted.
     

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