#1
Are they possible? I have bassist friends (i'm merely a guitarist, but my bass journey begins in september ) who claim they can't be done, and no-one will let me try on their bass, so I am asking YOU, fellow UGers. Can any kind of harmonic be produced on a bass? Natural, artificial, pinched, tapped...whatever.


Thanks for listening.


EDIT: Before someone points it out, I realise that pinches are artificial, as are tapped ones be (you can have tapped naturals too).
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#2
All harmonics that are possible on guitar, are also possible on bass and any other stringed instrument.
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All harmonics that are possible on guitar, are also possible on bass and any other stringed instrument.


Do you need more volume/distortion etc to make them show up compared to a guitar? Like do the thicker/longer strings on a bass make the harmonics less distinguishable unless amplified or are they as easily achieved as on a guitar?
#6
Ah but most basses can't do Whammy harmonics cause we dont have a whammy bar. And you can't do pintched harmonics that well. But all others you can. I would go as far as to say harmonics on bass sound better than they do on guitar - they sound fuller and richer and you get loads of glorious overtones, I feel harmonics sound thin on guitars, especially when distortion is used.

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Do you need more volume/distortion etc to make them show up compared to a guitar? Like do the thicker/longer strings on a bass make the harmonics less distinguishable unless amplified or are they as easily achieved as on a guitar?


Boosting the mids and highs helps a bit but then the rest is technique. Solo'ing a bridge pup helps too.

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#7
doesnt John Myung use harmonics on itro to dream theater - as i am? :O
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#8
listen to the opening of Birdland by Weather Report. thats Jaco, a man who you should get to know. He is doing pinch harmonics on a fretless jazz bass. You can do any type of harmonic on bass.
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listen to the opening of Birdland by Weather Report. thats Jaco, a man who you should get to know. He is doing pinch harmonics on a fretless jazz bass. You can do any type of harmonic on bass.


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doesnt John Myung use harmonics on itro to dream theater - as i am? :O



I believe so...or at least he did at Budokan.


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#11
I like to hit the 5th fret natural harmonic and then quickly fret the note and slide it up. It's pretty damn cool.
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Portrait of Tracy by Jaco Pastorius.

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#15
A bassist friend told you that? How long has he been playing? A day?
#16
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Ah but most basses can't do Whammy harmonics cause we dont have a whammy bar.


You can buy trems for bass, although they are a bit unusual.

Yes harmonics are entirley possible infact i would say the big strings and fret spacing make harmonics a lot easier to achive, the "sweet spot" is obviously bigger. All types of harmonics are possible, tapped, artificial, whatever, you can do it on a bass. Infact I TUNE my bass with a little help from harmonics.
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#17
I think harmonics are better suited on bass. On guitar, some of the harmonics are so high-pitched you can barely make them out. On bass, you can hear almost every harmonic clearly. Even the ones just after or just before the 3rd fret. I can even hear the harmonics at the 2nd fret.
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#18
Have they never seen Victor Wooten's Amazing Grace solo?!
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#20
The only time harmonics sound better on guitar than on bass is when Sonic Youth uses them.
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#23
They are possible, it's how I intoned my friends bass after we took the neck off and bridge off to repaint it.
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haha either your friends are really in experienced, or jsut douche bags being dinks to play a joke

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#25
we can do natural and tapped artificial harmonics with distortion they can get a kind of pinched harmonic squeal going some times i can get a pinched harmonic but it never sounds quite right
#26
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^ Yes, yes, yes. Sigworthy. Too bad you can't sig context.
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if you joking thats preety funny


if not.....*smacks*

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doesnt John Myung use harmonics on itro to dream theater - as i am? :O


look on youtube harmonics john myung, on his bassvideo he does solo's with them And yes he uses them in As I am, and in lifting shadows of a dream, and in another world in ACOS, and in his own song solar groove
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we can do natural and tapped artificial harmonics with distortion they can get a kind of pinched harmonic squeal going some times i can get a pinched harmonic but it never sounds quite right


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#34
possibly, depending on what you consider 'whail'. Harmonics are frequencies that are perfect multiples of the normal note, or something close to that. If you dont understand that, its alot higher than what the note would normally be. And if applehead is serious, he better not be in a band.