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Old 11-29-2012, 04:21 PM   #1
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Pinch harmonics

I know there have been threads about this before but I just can't seem to get this technique down. I've also tried watching videos on youtube but just not getting the sound I'm hoping for so have a few questions.

Can pinch harmonics be achieved at any volume? With any amp/guitar settings? With any electric guitar?

I feel that I'm doing the technique correctly and I get a harmonic note but the guitar just doesn't squeal like it should. There are a few songs I'm learning at the moment and they have these notes in so I'd really like to get my head around it. Any tips please?
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:37 PM   #2
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lots of gain, hot pups, new strings, pups a bit closer to strings, treble humbucker. All these things help. Search along the string for the best part to pinch
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:38 PM   #3
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lots of gain, hot pups, new strings, pups a bit closer to strings, treble humbucker. All these things help. Search along the string for the best part to pinch


This and good vibrato.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:17 PM   #4
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Thanks, guess I'll keep trying.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:24 PM   #5
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Once you get good at finding the harmonic nodes, you'll be able to pull off pinches on a totally clean tone. Hell, I can do 'em on an acoustic more often than not.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:04 PM   #6
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Keep in mind on some guitars, certain pickups and "harmonic locations" are not ideal or cannot be heard.

The neck pickup on a standard stratocaster won't pickup open string 5th-fret harmonics very well because it basically sits at the "node", a term mentioned before, where there is very little movement of the string.

I personally find that a pinch is easiest when done without a pick. EIther way, it requires a light touch the further up the neck you go, otherwise you just get a plucking sound.

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Old 12-02-2012, 12:25 PM   #7
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You need gain first, and then try on the 5th 7th 9th fret of b and g strings.
If that ones do not scream then i think you're doing something wrong.
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:46 PM   #8
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Slightly brush the string with your thumb as you hit the string, and good vibrato is key (as mentioned above) when i first learned to do them I had to think about the technique every time, now its just second nature.
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