Have you ever listened to Pantera
and heard Dimebag Darrell
do a really long and loud harmonic? Chances are if you are a Pantera
fan you have heard Dime
do this multiple times. It is most notably recognized in the song "Cemetery Gates
" near the end of the song where Dime
is matching his harmonic squeals to the key of Phil Anselmo
's voice. This technique is actually very easy and not as hard as it sounds.
First I want to start off and say that your guitar needs to have a Floyd Rose bar with locking nuts. If you don't have a guitar like this then you cannot perform this technique.
Ok, there isn't really an easy way to explain how to do this. Let's start out with Ex. 1.
Har. = Harmonic
In Ex. 1 you want to pluck the open note with your finger. After plucking the note you want to barely place your finger on the harmonic of the 4th fret and let go. Doing this will make the string do a harmonic noise as if you actually used a pick to produce it. Now practice plucking the string with your finger and getting the harmonic until you feel comfortable with it.
Now that you got Ex. 1 down we'll get to the next step.
When you get the harmonic noise and you have let go of the note, you want to push your Floyd Rose bar down really fast (or really slow, it depends on the sound you want for the note). The note should get really high pitched. How you use the bar with this will determine the length of your note. Different pedals also can sustain your note longer (such as a Crybaby pedal or possibly even an Overdrive pedal).
- You can do this technique basically anywhere on the guitar as long as you can do the harmonic on the note.
- If you've ever watched Dimebag
do this he pushes his tremolo bar down backwards. In other words he pushes the bar down near the bottom body of the guitar rather than pushing it down near the pickups and the strings.
I hope this helps you, If you have any questions feel free to ask. This is my first lesson I've made so I'm not the best at it yet.
Getcha Pull! \m/
R.I.P. Dimebag Darrell Abbott