It feels great to be back, guys. After nearly a year of neglecting my lessons, I've learnt more about my guitar and other aspects. So without further ado: Lesson 9.
####################NATURAL HARMONICS# (Requested by Morbid349)
When you play a string, you may not realise that you are playing many notes at once, but all in the same key. To understand, think of an octave on a piano. There are many instances of E, for example, one octave (8 notes) apart. This is also true for your guitar, except that you only play one note for each octave sound, although this is muffled by the main note that you are playing originally.
The technique involves very lightly touching the string that you want to use. The strength you use to do this is very important because if you press too hard, you'll instantly kill the note and nothing will happen. On the other hand, pressing too lightly will result in the original note being played while it vibrates against your finger. It is difficult to explain how to do it through an online lesson, so practice it a lot. You should be pressing it enough to make a sound, but not hard enough to actually move the string. Your fingertip should be lightly resting against the string. To produce a clear sound, press lightly and then remove your fingertip to let the note flow. It soft of sounds like a bell. You cannot use Natural Harmonics on just any fret, though.
Some of the easier ones include the 5th, 7th, 12th and 20th frets - although the 7th and 20 frets produce the same harmonic. A harmonic is formed when you deaden a string enough to kill all other notes, except one, which keeps playing through. These Natural Harmonics work in reverse when compared to notes played normally. The higher you go on the frets, the lower the harmonic is and vice versa.
Natural Harmonics are mostly used in songs simply because they sound cool and unique, as you can see in the YouTube video named "(Nirvana) Smells Like Teen Spirit - Sungha Jung".
#Tuning Using Natural Harmonics#
First off, execute a Natural Harmonic on the 12 fret. If the note created sounds the same as it would if you had normally played it, then the intonation in your guitar is good. Intonation is the way that your guitar stays in tune as you play higher-fret notes.
Tuning your guitar using Natural Harmonics (N.H.) is as follows
(taken from guitarteacher.wordpress.com/2008/02/05/natural-harmonics-in-tuning-and-intonation/):
N.H. at 6th string, 5th fret = N.H. at 5th string, 7th fret
N.H. at 5th string, 5th fret = N.H. at 4th string, 7th fret
N.H. at 4th string, 5th fret = N.H. at 3rd string, 7th fret
N.H. at 3rd string, 4th fret = N.H. at 2nd string, 5th fret
N.H. at 2nd string, 5th fret = N.H. at 1st string, 7th fret
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