#1
I'm just starting out learning to play songs with harmonics on the bass (amazing grace to be precise) whats the best pick-up/amp settings to get clear harmonics? i'm using a ibanez bass which is a stingray/jazz (bridge humbucker + neck single).

i've cut the bass and boosted the treble but i still seem quite bassy.. any hints for getting "better" harmonics?
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#2
I play bass for the bass. So I'm proilly the wrong person to tell you anything. but it sounds like ya need midrange, not treble.
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it sounds like ya need midrange

yes. mids and high mids will bring out harmonics a bit more, and also a J pickup in the bridge works great for the clear tones. having the humbucker there won't keep you from getting good harmonics though, it's just a different sound.

also try playing near the bridge. but in the end it's all about practicing to get just the right touch for harmonics.
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#4
thanks, thats really helpful advice. i can feel after not much practice my harmonics are getting better, but rolling right back on to the bridge pickup has made a big difference, i've put a bit more mid in and the sounds filling out a bit more now. cheers guys
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#5
can anyone give me any other good songs to practice harmonics in?
particularly harmonic chords, they sound lovely but i struggle to work out how they fit.

cheers
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#6
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Portrait of Tracy will do nicely for harmonics. I'm surprised you don't know it?

But as far as getting nice harmonics, you should be able to get fairly good ones with any reasonable EQ. Boost some mids because even though harmonics sound really high pitched, they are still pretty much in the mids section.
#8
I boost mids, cut highs and leave lows flat to give a good harmonic sound
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#9
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yes. mids and high mids will bring out harmonics a bit more, and also a J pickup in the bridge works great for the clear tones. having the humbucker there won't keep you from getting good harmonics though, it's just a different sound.

also try playing near the bridge. but in the end it's all about practicing to get just the right touch for harmonics.


myung uses humbuckers and he plays clean, clear harmonics (acos, lifting shadows of a dream etc.)

I'd suggest boost the mids... works for me
(maybe some effect will make it sound better too?)

edit: if you have a five string you can try lifting shadows of a dream? or else look up myung and harmonics, he has a crazy solo with it on his dvd

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs1iT2dojww

both are in here actually, and YES he TALKS!
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#10
fitz's blog on Jaco has a section about harmonics I think.
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#11
at least for my amp, Hi-Mid (out of a 4 band) seems to control the most for harmonics
(turning the tone up on my bass helps too)
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