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Old 08-07-2014, 05:06 PM   #1
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Different types of pinch harmonics?

What are the names of common pinch harmonics used in metal songs? Whenever I search on youtube I only get videos of the basic vibrato squeal or a dive bomb. What are the names of all the others and are there any tutorials on how to perform them?
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:37 PM   #2
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well there's your "weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee", then there's your "squueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee", and of course not forgetting your "weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeergggghhh" (that one has a divebomb at the end)











Seriously though I think there's only really one type of pinch harmonic (someone will be along shortly to prove me wrong, no doubt ). The differences are due to:

- where you hit the node and where you fret (affects the pitch of the PH)
- how well the pinch is executed (you can get semi-harmonics if you sort of don't hit the node quite right... of course this can be intentional)
- other stuff you do once you've executed the pinch (vibrato, dive bomb or other tremolo tricks, bends, etc. etc.)
- probably a bunch of other things i'm forgetting

Also there might be other harmonic techniques which aren't technically pinches- natural harmonics, tapped harmonics, etc.
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Dave's quite right, there's only really the one kind of pinch harmonic. You can, of course, add the whammy bar to it and get more sounds that way but it's still just a pinch harmonic at its root.

What other kinds of things are you talking about? I don't tend to do that much with crazy harmonics so I can't think of much else off the top of my head but I'm familiar with a lot more conceptually.
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:15 PM   #4
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Yeah if you can link us to some of the things you mean (on youtube, say) then maybe we can help more.
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There's only one kind of pinch harmonic, but there are many kinds of harmonics. For example, there's pinch, natural, artificial, tapped, whammy (a la Mattias Eklundh).
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Yeah if you can link us to some of the things you mean (on youtube, say) then maybe we can help more.

Here are some that I took from an Audio Unit, I know how to do the 1st one, but I do not know how to perform the others or what they are called:
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The rest are all variations on a pick slide, many of them with a noteless fret hand slide in there as well. Literally the only one that's a harmonic is the one you already know how to do.
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The rest are all variations on a pick slide, many of them with a noteless fret hand slide in there as well. Literally the only one that's a harmonic is the one you already know how to do.

Thanks, I guess I got the terminology wrong, I managed to find videos on how to do different effects now
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Yeah they sound like pick slides to me too.

The last one might (*might*) involve using your picking hand to lightly touch the strings over the pickups (while doing hammer ons and pull offs with the left hand, again that's a harmonic but not really a pinch one, but a similar idea), though it may well be just a pick slide too.
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