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harmonic notes

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by MCBTunes, Nov 2, 2005.


  1. how do you tell which note the harmonic your plucking is?
     
  2. Whafrodamus

    Whafrodamus

    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    Most well-off human beings have two extrusions on the sides of their heads (commonly referred to as ears). We can use them to identify which notes we are playing.

    Honestly though. Once you know a little bit of theory and know your way around the fretboard, you'll figure it out.
     
  3. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Reading up on Just Intonation and the ratios used for it helped me sort out mentally all the harmonics. A quick guide:

    2nd - root (up an octave)
    3rd - fifth (up an octave)
    4th - root (two octaves, and so on and so forth)
    5th - third (a bit flatter than normal)
    6th - fifth
    7th - minor 7th (quite flat compared to equal-tempered note)
    8th - root
    9th - major 2nd (a little off)
    10th - third (kinda flat again)
    11th - sharp 4th (not quite the same as equal-tempered tritone)
    12th - fifth
    13th - minor sixth (kinda, off)
    14th - minor 7th again
    15th - major 7th (more or less)
    16th - root
     
  4. haha funny.... I was just curious because there are like 3 harmonics alone in the 3rd fret on the 4th string.
     
  5. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Those are the 7th, 8th, and 9th harmonics. So, on the 4th string (E) those would correspond to D, E, and F#.