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Artifical Harmonics

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Hexanity, Nov 11, 2001.


  1. I am having trubles with Artifical Harmonics. So does anyone have any tips?

    Cheers,

    Hexanity
     
  2. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
  3. Can you also play them by fretting with the left hand (as usual) but then just tapping the fret with the right hand? For example, fret F, then play a high F and the 13th fret by tapping the fret (not in between the frets)?
     
  4. LiquidMidnight

    LiquidMidnight

    Dec 25, 2000
    You most certainly can. That's the first kind of artificial harmonic I learned how to do. It's quite simple once you get the mechanics to do it, down. You tap above the desired fret, pushing it down just so slightly. (not enough to touch the fret) Practice that a bit and it will come to you very easy. (It's very nice, because you can belt off false harmonics very fast)
     
  5. Yea it's the only way I play artificial harmonics. I can't get the hang of the "Jaco" way. Oh well I do fine with tapping them.
     
  6. Wicked, that makes it so much easier.


    Cheers you guys.

    Hexanity
     
  7. If you pluck the sting with a plectrum (pick) then I can recommend using a classic guitar technique:
    You're going to want to hold the picks teardrop/triangular tip closely between your thumb and finger and hold it slightly perpendicular to the string. Then when you pluck you want to make sure that after plucking your thumb momentarily touches the string. The trick to all artificial pinch harmonics is to find the sweet spot on the string that produces a harmonic with the note you plucked (depending on where you are on the fretboard you can have upward from 1 "sweet spot")
    If you finger your strings, I can offer you to techniques:
    1. Apply the same principle you would with the pick but use your index to pluck the string and the thumb to harmonize the string
    2. Put your middle finger on top of your index finger and apply the same principle as the previous two: index finger to pluck and the middle finger to harmonize
    Hope this helps. If you have anymore questions, please ask