this isnt artificial harmonics this is a question about natural ones
ok so like i was messing around and played a harmonic on the 5th fret of my e string and then played one on the 7th string and it was lowere than the one on the 5th string

shouldnt it have been higher?
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Nope. Thats normal.


hope i get this right (edit: I think i started counted them wrong )
  • open string = the root note, the fundamental frequency

  • 1st harmonic = half of the length string = the harmonic at the 12 fret = an octave above the root, 2nd harmonic = 2x frequency

  • 2nd harmonic = a third of the string = harmonic at the 7th fret and the 19th fret = an octave and a fifth above the root note, 3x the frequency

  • 3rd harmonic = a quarter of the string = 5th fret, 24th fret = 2 octaves above the root, 4x the frequency

  • 4th harmonic = a fifth of the string = 4th fret, 9th fret, 16th fret, somewhere else too = 2 octaves and a major third above the root, but slightly flat...or slightly sharp, can't remember, 5x the frequency
    (every second harmonic after this one isn't perfectly in tune)

  • 5th harmonic = a sixth of the string = around 3.2 frets and some other places, somewhere over the pickups as well = 2 octaves and a fifth above the root note, 6x the frequncy

and you have a bunch (basically an infinite number) of harmonics on smaller divisions of the string that that but once you get past the 10th one they aren't audible anymore.

check the links on the right on this page for most of the natural harmonics on a guitar in standard tuning mapped out http://www.freakguitar.com/licks.html

edit: looking it up, I see that what I listed as 1st harmonic, 2nd harmonic, etc... are actually 1st overtone, 2nd overtune, etc...
The open string is actually the 1st harmonic, and the 1st overtone is the 2nd harmonic.
Last edited by seljer at Jul 17, 2006,