#1
Hey are there any tips to make the harmonics on the 3rd and 2nd fret come out higher volume? Yes, I am trying to do Portrait of Tracy . Should I use my active Ibanez rather than my passive dean that I turned fretless? Any tips on maybe EQ for harmonics would be nice .

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#2
Make sure you're hitting the right spots. There are no harmonics on the 2nd or 3rd fret. There are harmonics slightly before and slightly after them.

The way harmonics are, getting an even volume isn't quite possible without compression. However, as far as EQing goes, the harmonics aren't in the treble. They're in the mids/low mids - try a boost from anywhere between 100Hz-650Hz.
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#3
they'll come out clearer if you solo your bridge pup and turn up the mids a bunch.
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they'll come out clearer if you solo your bridge pup and turn up the mids a bunch.

The bridge pickup is probably the best for getting clear harmonics, but as far as volume, on my Jazz, the harmonics are about the same out of neck/bridge pickups - again, it's an EQ thing.

However, the pickup placement of certain basses actually cancels out certain harmonics. For example, my '51 Precision bass - the pickup is placed in such a way that the harmonic at the 4th/9th/16th does not ring AT ALL. All the other ones do, but when I hit it there, THUD. Crazy.
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#9
A few notes on POT:

Pick near the bridge.

Balance between harmonics and normal notes is essential, you'll usually hit the bass notes with your thumb so practice using an extremely soft touch with your thumb and a hard touch when playing harmonics. If you can get the bass notes quieter than the harmonics then you can make them sound balanced as well.

This is most important in the 5/4 groove towards the middle of the song.

I don't change my EQ specifically for this song. I solo the bridge pup, and let technique do the rest of the work. You don't need to boost your high's, if you boost your 8-10 kHz harmonics will come out clearer, but normal notes will also sound a bit too edgy IMO.

A boost around 240 Hz is nice though, more for that Jaco growl.
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#10
yeah, boosted up mids will do the thing. i also use an ibanez and its really hard to get the Fender Jazz Bass tone. so i did was: 2 humbuckers right? i off'd the bridge pick up, bass at 4.5, treble at 2. and the amp 1 for lows 5 for mids and 1 for highs. that did it for me.

im also trying to do PoT, almost done but i can't ring the last harmonic(13th fret) and how do i a clear clear clear clear clear and loud loud loud loud pinch harmonic? cause i also learned "Amerika" by Jaco but i can't perfect the pinch harmonic parts. so yeah please tell me peoplez

PS: even if the bridge pick up is off you pluck there.
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#11
Those pinches in Amerika are easy. You need to pinch the string exactly half way between the fret you're fretting and the bridge - i.e. if it was an open string instead of a fretted one, you'd be hitting the 12th fret. It takes some practice to nail, but what doesn't?
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Those pinches in Amerika are easy. You need to pinch the string exactly half way between the fret you're fretting and the bridge - i.e. if it was an open string instead of a fretted one, you'd be hitting the 12th fret. It takes some practice to nail, but what doesn't?


thanks, actually i can do it, but i need nails, literally, i need nails on my index finger to pinch it out but if i have nails it affects my tone im really strugling now cause i dont have nails
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#15
Just to clarify "pick near the bridge" by TGM, I'd say pluck right over the bridge pup soloed. This should give you extra clarity and volume.

And yeah 4STRINGBOY, that last 13th pinch harmonic is a bitch when you have hands like mine (believe me, I've reached my stretching limit!). And this is only hitting two of the three notes of the chord!
#16
I boost the high mid's for artificial harmonics. I dont know if it's the same for regular harmonics