AeonOptic
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Join date: Jul 2012
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#1
Well, I have a problem with doing natural harmonics on the 7th fret and below. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, as my technique works fine on the twelfth fret and below. I am able to do artificial/tapped harmonics, but not natural.
Could it be I am pressing too hard before releasing?
Zaphod_Beeblebr
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Join date: Apr 2006
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#2
It could be a question of too much pressure or it could be that you're not putting your finger at the right place on the strings. Harmonics don't all occur right over the frets all the time and when you get lower on the neck they get all bunched up; around the third fret area there are tons of different harmonics.

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NemX162
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#3
So are you saying you can only do it on 12 and 9? You shouldn't really be pushing the string at all for a natural harmonic. Just touching it just above the fret-wire, creating a node which does not vibrate.
AeonOptic
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#4
Quote by NemX162
So are you saying you can only do it on 12 and 9? You shouldn't really be pushing the string at all for a natural harmonic. Just touching it just above the fret-wire, creating a node which does not vibrate.

That's what I try to do. However, when I pull my finger away so the sound is not dampened it does not make a noise.