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New harmonics I just discovered (for myself)

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by LowEndLobster, Feb 23, 2004.

  1. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA
    Did anyone else find those harmonics on the 9th fret through the 11th? One is right above the ninth actual fret (The metal peice), another is about 2/3rds towards the tenth actual fret, and finally about a fifth of an inch or so past the 10th actual fret. The three together (on one string) almost form a V/VII chord
  2. KidNamedFord


    Aug 17, 2003
    ive always thought that there is harmonices every were on the string that is an equal part of a fraction... just some are really hard to get
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Yeah, it's best to think of harmonics in terms of the string itself not the strings relation to the frets.

    *every* note has harmonics, it's just given the design of our instrument(tuned in 4ths E-A-D-G) only a handful are prevalent and convenient. So - you have people like Michael Manring who take to altered tunings to increase the natural harmonic range of notes, or people like Steve bailey who have mastered false harmonics.
  4. zilla04


    Feb 11, 2000
    I have recently studied harmonics in my own way. I started out with the A mixolydian scale using open strings(See Below), then after learning Jaco's "Portrait Of Tracy" I started playing around with Fretting notes and playing harmonics of of them ("False" Harmonics?). The first thing I did was to learn how to play a chromatic scale.... I haven't really went any further than that Study wise.... But my playing has definatly been enhanced. Just knowing that anywhere I am to play on the fret board I can get a "complimentary" harmonic (Usually octave or fifth) to the note I'm fretting has helped me greatly.

    I'm going to look up stuff online today to further my studies.

    A Mixolydian:
    ALL Harmonics

  5. Dude, harmonics can be played anywhere. The reason that the 4th, 7th, 9th, 12th, etc are so popular is because they ring the loudest there.

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