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Artificial harmonics -- how do you do it?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Aaron Saunders, Mar 29, 2004.

  1. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    I don't mean the 5(17) kind of artificial harmonics, but rather, say, 5(10) or 5(12). I can't even use my index finger-spot, pluck with the pinky thing I do normally. I just can't do it! I've had to resort to harmonic tapping, which, while sounding neat, is not always what I'm going for. Any tips?
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I'm not really sure what you mean by those numbers - but I've always used my thumb to get artificial harmonics - like Jaco - and have never had any problems.
  3. VersozerO


    Dec 17, 2003
    I've found 2 ways :

    1) (like Jaco) use your thumb to stop the string an play with another finger than release immediately the thumb

    2) (like Steve Bailey) Use you finger to stop the string (and release it) while the other finger pick
  4. VS


    Jun 6, 2002
    Mountain City, Tennessee
    Discounted Gear: Peavey
    Same here. -Luke
  5. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Nevermind! Found a solution. By VersozerO's description, I'm using the Steve Bailey method now.

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