#1
Lottsa players get a harmonic effect by sorta hitting the string with their thumb as they pick. Is there a way to get the same sound when I use my fingers?
#3
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#5
You would have to pluck the string, then rest your thumb on the node. It is possible.
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#6
you could, it's not like it's the material in the pick that's creating the pinch harmonic
#8
yes...and yes...learn how to do then with a pick..pretend like you're holding a pick even when you're not (same index/thumb shape) and brush the string with the edge of your thumb as you pick through.
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#9
yep, there's one way although you need to be fast and precise, you place a finger on your right hand at the point of the twelth fret harmonic when playing a note (similar to tapping), vibrato string as usual and if done correctly you will produce a pinch harmonic.
(I was dead impressed when I got shown this a few months back :P)
#13
prolly if you strum w/ ur index fingernail then get the mute with ur thumb. you'd haveta be really talented otherwise.
#14
Yes bassists do it. It's not easy though. I've never heard of it on guitar, probably due to the relatively lower amplitude of harmonics on guitar against bass.

work out where the a.h. you want will be and place your thumb on the string at that point very lightly, pick the string with one of your remaining fingers.

compared to normal pinch harmonics this is a very sensitive technique, having slightly too much pressure, slightly too much thumb in contact with the string for too long will kill it. Also you must be in PRECISELY the right place or it won't sound.

easiest way to practice is to try and hit natural harmonics with only your right hand using this technique they sound louder) then move on to artificial ones

lesson which explains all in ~60s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGI2x8YW8Uk

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#15
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Harp harmonics are probably the closest thing without a pick.
how are these done? lemme a message please.
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prolly if you strum w/ ur index fingernail then get the mute with ur thumb. you'd haveta be really talented otherwise.



This is right..you can definitely do this. I do it all the time
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#17
I've actually found it to be a lot easier than with a pick... i often mock my co-guitarist by playing them with my thumb and forefinger... good stuff
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#18
You can literally "pinch" them - the idea is your finger plucks the string, your thumb's damping the harmonic node then you move both of them away from the string. It's kind of halfway between pinching and snapping your fingers.
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yes...and yes...learn how to do then with a pick..pretend like you're holding a pick even when you're not (same index/thumb shape) and brush the string with the edge of your thumb as you pick through.


This. You literaly do the same motion as though you're doing a normal pinch harmonic with a pick. Hold your index and thumb like you are holding the pick, hit the strings with your finger, then allow the thumb to brush over the strings afterwards.

You don't have to do the node 12 frets higher like some people have suggested, although doing that is a great way to add an effects to chords.
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#20
I tried this out before, it worked but why not just use a pick? you jeff beck or something?


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#21
I can't confidently do pinch harmonics in any case, but it is possible to rest your thumb on the node while picking with your index finger.

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I tried this out before, it worked but why not just use a pick? you jeff beck or something?


Some folks are just more comfortable using fingers than picks? Some will find it more natural to pluck strings than hit them with a little piece of plastic or whatever material...