Jaco's Harmonic Question!!!

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Mark Wilson, Mar 23, 2005.

  1. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    In Birdland, that crazy harmonic thing at the beginning, i read HOW to do it with your right hand, resting your thumb...

    but what do I do with my left? so I rest it on the string like a regular harmonic? Or do I press it down? :meh:
  2. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    You press the strings with your fretting hand. The thing is, that hand works as a "movable nut" in your bass. You fret the notes as in regular playing and your right hand should reflect left hand's movements.
  3. Worshiper


    Aug 13, 2004
    New York
    An someone please explain what is going on? Are you refering to regular harmonics?
  4. Classical_Thump


    Jan 26, 2005
    I made a thread about this about 2 weeks ago, so it shouldn't be too far back. Anyway I'll try to explain the technique. First make a thumb's up position with your picking hand's thumb. then turn it upside down so your thumb is point towards the floor. Then rest the joint of your thumb (crease where the thumb bends) LIGHTLY on the string in front of your hand. then pick with your pointer finger behind the string and you should getr a harmonic sound
  5. Yeah, my post should help you in that thread.
  6. BMGecko


    Sep 5, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    (If you're right handed)

    Put the thumb of your right hand on the harmonic over the 12th fret.

    Use the index finger on your right hand to pluck the string, behind the thumb that is "stopping" the harmonic.

    When you are used to this, try fretting a note with your left hand, and doing the octave harmonic (12 frets higher than the note you are fretting) of that note.

    When you really start getting into it, figure out where the harmonics other than the octave are and start ripping into it with gusto! I've found that it's easier to do pinch harmonics on the thicker (lower pitched) strings.