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Old 2006-09-06, 08:56
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Just practice more and you will get cleaner pinch harmonics.
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Old 2006-09-11, 10:43
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What's the difference between these three terms, besides the words of course;

Natural Harmonic
Artificial Harmonic
Tap Harmonic
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Old 2006-09-11, 13:07
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What's the difference between these three terms, besides the words of course;

Natural Harmonic
Artificial Harmonic
Tap Harmonic
natural harmonic, are the harmonics u find on the 5th 9th 12th fret positions (and some more places, but the once i emntioned are the easiest to get).. the ones on the 2nd 3rd 6th fret (i think) are much harder to get, but they sound alot higher, u can get some realy col effect with these harmonics combined with a whammybar.



artificial harmonics (also called pinched harmonics)
u get these from playing a regual note, but instead of just picking the note with your pick, you touch the string with your pick and a piece of your finger at the same time.. if you pick it in the correct spot ul get an artificial harmonic... ...thisone is kidna hard to explain, if i could show you in real life youd understand the idea within 5 minutes, but its hard for me to explain in words , you just have to find the right place to pick the note..

try picking the 12th fret, and try hitting that note woth you pick and finger, near or above the 24th fret, also, the closer you play a note to the end of the fretboard, the closer to the bridge youll have to pick to get the sweetspot to amke the artificial harmonic



and tapped harmonics, well, u pick a regular note, and u tap on a sweetspot to get a harmonic... try, pickin an open note, and then slightly tap right above the 5th fret, and youll get the harmonic you would also get when just playing the 5th harmonic


also, if you search this thread a bit u might find a better explanation of artificial (pinched) harmonics.
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Old 2006-09-11, 13:21
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I thought tapped harmonics would be when you fret, lets say the 3rd fret, and lightly touch the string right over the 15th fret so it produces a harmonic an octave above.
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I thought tapped harmonics would be when you fret, lets say the 3rd fret, and lightly touch the string right over the 15th fret so it produces a harmonic an octave above.
thats exactly what i sayd, exept, i took a loose string for example.

but yeh, their a million possibilities

ohyeah, i asy this dimebag vid once where he explained some harmonics.

like, on a loose string ul have a easy harmonic on the 5th fret, when you fret the 1st fret, youll have a harmonic on the 6th fret, fret the 2nd fret and theres a harmonic on the 7th fret.. and so on

so if u want a the 5th fret harmonic too be a half noet higher, u can play the 1st fret and tab the 6thfret for that harmonic..

nvm the lame explenation.. oh i think that dimebag vid should still be around somewhere. ill see if i can find it and if i can il post it here
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Old 2006-09-11, 16:46
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here it is!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TpYcA9bSaU

should be helpfull for those that havent seen it
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Old 2006-09-15, 21:08
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there have already been plenty of descriptions on how to do it..but i figured i'd throw in my experience with learning...i learned how to do it trying to play the intro to carcass - death certificate...when it was too fast for me to play i would accidentally hit harmonics instead of just the fret and after doing that a bunch i was able to get a good feel on it and apply it whenever i wanted to. i guess it depends on how you play though...i use a small pic so its easy to hit my thumb too. the pic is a little smaller than a nickel.

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when i try it just makes a whispier less ballsy squeal, more like the sound of a complaining child, it isn't tight or REEEEEEEEEEEEE

i have Emg81 and through a MGDFX30 ya i know it sucks and i use an RG
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Old 2007-02-16, 17:23
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I dont understand the difference btwn a pinch harmonic and an artificial harmonic. I looked through a few pages trying to see if the answer was already posted but I got lost in all the technical jargon. Can someone either explain it to me, or link me to a post that does?
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Old 2007-12-15, 22:53
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79's explanation is the route.
hold pick closer to "the end" or "the edge"
tilt the pick in or out - almost so your contacting with a portion of the width of the pick (as opposed to the tip exclusively)
make sure the meat of your thumb makes contact with the string during your picking action

note: good pinch harmoics (or easier ones, at least) require a high-gain amp setup.
I treid this on a Crate lower end amp (50w), a Peavey Classic 30, a Fender CyberTwin SE and a Fender SuperSonic - using a Schecter C-1 FR Hellraiser with Active EMG's - all attempts came up short in just native amp mode on the dirty channels (no pedals).

2nd Take - jammed on a bunch of distortion pedals: ML-2, and a bunch of MXR's and botique pedals - still pretty far from ideal, and tone quality sounded like ass would smell.

Next take: Soldano - moderately successful - but this is a kickass high-gain tube amp/cab combo. I never really got "there" with pinch harmoics (e.g. being rather effortless) until I added a Ibanez Tubescreamer 808 Overdrive to the mix. Now>>bingo, no matter what axe I use I can whip out PH's with ease.

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Old 2007-12-16, 01:13
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I'm ok at harmonics, But I hold my pick the wrong way. So I have to do them in a kind of odd fashion. But I honestly don't like them too much anymore. Zakk Wylde ruined em for me.
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Old 2007-12-20, 10:30
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Practicing harmonics helps in so many ways.
Like familiarizing finger techniques.
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Old 2009-07-01, 03:22
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Hard to describe but here goes:

You can get pinch harmonics on acoustics if you want. But, gain helps. A LOT. And pickups matter a lot in this equation too. High output distortion style pups help tremendously as they amplify the right frequencies. So gear makes a difference. That said, every guitar is capable of them, but not all guitars will give you what is typically thought of as a good pinch harmonic (i.e., they'll sound a little weak.)

As far as actual technique, it's a lot like whistling: it's a lot of work to get the technique down, but once you get it, you'll be pulling them off all over the neck...course that's the advantage of pinch harmonics: you can hit them on every string and every fret..as opposed to natural harmonics which can only be played at specific points along the string.

How to do: Immediately after you strike the note with you pick, brush the trailing side of your thumb against the string, but DON'T allow your thumb to stay on the string! Think of it as a small rolling motion, or think of the side of your thumb as the second pick. Make sure to really bring your thumb in closer to the string before the strike or it will be too slow.

The important part is to keep trying. I personally spent a good hour trying to get it right.

Also, the pitch of the pinch harmonic will change as you move your pick hand to different points along the string. (Higher towards the bridge, lower toward the neck.)
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