Unable to get a natural harmonic on the 9th fret

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by busta_bird, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. busta_bird


    Mar 11, 2010
    Lexington, KY
    I've searched around and read posts about the many factors that contribute to a natural harmonic. I have a Yamaha TRB1004 (35'' scale 4 string) and can't seem to get the harmonic on the 9th fret. I have no issues getting them on 3/5/12. Any idea what my problem might be?
  2. Are you placing your finger right over the actual fret between the frets?
  3. busta_bird


    Mar 11, 2010
    Lexington, KY
    Right over the 9th fret closest to the bridge. Same way as the other frets. Do you think it has anything to do with the scale?
  4. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    It's a tough one to get. On my basses I have to stop the node just shy of the 9th fret, not right on the fret.

  5. Buchada Azeda

    Buchada Azeda

    Mar 25, 2009
    ^ You've got intonation issues.

    To the OP: I can get that harmonic on my 35" fiver; scale has got nothing to do with that. The problem could be either your strings and/or the intonation.
  6. deaf pea

    deaf pea

    Mar 24, 2005
    Cuernavaca 1 hr S Mexico City
    Seymour Duncan/Basslines SMB-5A Endorsing Artist
    busta_bird, you need to put your finger a bit BEFORE the fret, about the width of MY finger . . . :cool: . . .

    Also the strings should be new, or almost so. Roundwound strings are the easiest to produce natural harmonics with.
  7. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I'd check your intonation. Could be a hair off.
  8. Grey Sarcasm

    Grey Sarcasm

    Apr 25, 2012
    Although new strings are certainly easier to get harmonics with, I get harmonics just fine on my 6-month old D'Addario flats. Definitely check your intonation.
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  10. RhynoRock


    Dec 19, 2012
    Fredonia, NY
    Your EQ can help that as well. I noticed harmonics showing through MUCH more with upper mids boosted.