Pings In Chromatix: Artifical Harmonics

author: joshnerez date: 04/01/2004 category: guitar techniques
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Introduction: There are two ways of Harmonics, the Natural and the Artificial(Pings, Pinch, False etc.. whatever we call it) Harmonics, but this lesson only focus on the Artificial side. Artificial harmonics can be produced on any note by lightly and quickly touching the string as it is being picked. I highly suggests doing this in clean tone, no distortion just plain ole guitar through the amp.. I have two ways of nailing this tech. The first way I do it is as I hold the pick between my thumb and index fingers so only a little bit of the pick is sticking out. When I want a ping to happen, I don't only hit the string with my pick, I also hit it with a little bit of the front bit of the nail on my index picking hand. So it happens that my index finger hits the string a second after I hit it with my pick.. The next is as you pick, let your thumb lightly touch the string, move away after picking or you will deaden the string. Its all up to yah what makes you feel comfy most.. The angle of the way you hold the pick also responsible, and oh, as Zakk Wylde says, "Strictly use downstrokes if you want them nailed right".
P.H. = Pinch Harmonics

Example #1

  P.H.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -|
G|-------------------------1-2-3-4--------------------all the----|

Example #2

 P.H. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -|
You can find many more exercises in the net, try it through diffferent Key, Modes, Major Scale, Minor Scales, Licks, Riffs, just experiment out. Don't know what you'll stumble unto. - Choo Nerez (
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