Ive noticed many musicians can do harmonics on pretty much every single fret, but i can only do it on certain notes, such as fret 5 and the 12. whats the technique?
what harmonics we talking? natural harmonics can only be done on certain frets, 5th and 12th for instance ... but artificial can be done on any fret, that is just down to technique and practice.
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Well what kind of harmonics are there? ove only known of the ones i can do with the 5th and 12th fret. oh and btw im trying to do theese on a 12 string. is it even possible?
Last edited by Tygabb at Jan 25, 2009,
Natural Harmonics are done by touching the string above the fret lightly, e.g. on the 5th or 12th fret.
Pinch Harmonics are done by picking a note and having your thumb brush the string just after you've picked it.
Tapped harmonics are done by fretting a note then touching a higher fret (on the same string) lightly with your finger.

Edit: And yes they can be done on a twelve string
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Last edited by LeperAffinity at Jan 25, 2009,
There's the ones at frets 19, 24, 7, 5, 4, between 2 and 3 I think, and some more (that aren't positioned in a certain fret, but at certain parts of the string, may be at the middle of the fret, or the edge, etc).

With artificial harmonics, you can perform every single of these harmonics too, since you form a "new" string by fretting.
There are nodes all over the string, but their position is always in relation to the note you are fretting. The most prominant is precisely half way along the string from where you fret. For an open string, this is above the 12th fret. For any other fret, it is precisely 12 frets above (or where the 12th fret above would be if the fretboard went that far). For instance if you fret at the 9th, there is a node above the 21st fret (notice how the 21st fret is positioned at precisely half the distance between the 9th and the bridge; this is no coincidence). Fret the 9th, and hold your pick between your middle finger and thumb so your index finger is free; pluck the string with your index finger gently touching just above the 21st fret. If you're fretting the 12th and your guitar only has 21 or 22 frets, you'll have to imagine where the 24th fret would be to get the same effect.

That's the simplest way to get a harmonic on any note anyway, but there are plenty of other ways.

The "pinch" harmonics (which are the most common in all sorts of rock) are a bit different, as you don't concern yourself so much with the exact position, rather, you pick near the bridge where there are lots of node points clumped together.