#2
when you play a note, and you hit the string with your thumb right after hitting it with you pick, it can create a harmonic. You need to find the right spot on the string for it though. Experiment a bit.
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Mark G is talking about a pinch harmonic, FL is talking about a natural harmonic.
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put ur finger right above a fret but dont push down and pluck the string


yup, put your finger on the string but not pushing it down, then pick it/pluck/whatever and it should create it.

i believe Mark G was talking about a pinch harmonic and not a natural harmonic

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natural harmonic: put your finger over a fret without pressing down and pluck it (it works best on the 5th, 7th, and 12th fret.

artificial harmonic: immediately after you pluck a note hit it lightly with your thumb (the one holding the pick) it only works in certain places on the fretboard
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#7
try gettin a harmonic like an inch off the fretboard over the pickups theres a chalenge!find the several spots where that works!
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Quote by 2112swartz
natural harmonic: put your finger over a fret without pressing down and pluck it (it works best on the 5th, 7th, and 12th fret.

artificial harmonic: immediately after you pluck a note hit it lightly with your thumb (the one holding the pick) it only works in certain places on the fretboard


btw where are those places for an artificial harmonic?
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#9
try gettin a harmonic like an inch off the fretboard over the pickups theres a chalenge!find the several spots where that works!


It's not actually that hard....the natural harmonics are mirrored with the 12th fret being the centre of the string, so a harmonic you can hit at the 5th fret can also be found the same distance from the bridge.

If you want the (very simplified...it's been a long time since I did physics) technical gubbins, a string vibrates as a standing wave, the wavelength being the length of the string. If you damp a wave at certain points (nodes) you alter the vibration and produce harmonics, the first harmonic (which is half the wavelength ie the 12th fret) is the same as the fundamental (open note), the second harmonic is 1/3 of the wavelength or the 7th fret, the 3rd harmonic is 1/4 of the wavelength (5th fret) etc...or something like that anyway!

You can hit an artificial (pinch) harmonic anywhere on the fretboard, however you may have to vary where you pick the string...somewhere over the neck pickup is usually good.

There are also tapped artificial harmonics, where you fret a note and tap directly on a higher fret, 12th is easiest.
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^^i know theyre not that hard now i got off the comp after posting that and realised just how easy it was
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