A Complete Map Of Fret-Board Harmonics

This lesson is for anyone who hasn't spent much time learning all the harmonic nodal points on the finger-board should.

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First things first, only certain frets will give you harmonics. But when you lightly touch above the fret-nub on the special frets, you'll get a bell chimey "touch harmonic". But there are different types of touch harmonics, the harmonic-potent frets can be organised into groups based of the tone of their harmonic. I will label for you the harmonic tones on a guitar in standard tuning x=no harmonic...on fret %=produces unknown/unclear tone
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10   11 12  <----Fret #'s
e|-x-|-x-|-x-|G#-|-E-|-x-|-B-|-x-|G#-|-x-|-x-|-E-|
B|-x-|-x-|-x-|D#-|-B-|-x-|F#-|-x-|D#-|-x-|-x-|-B-|
G|-x-|-x-|-x-|-B-|-G-|-x-|-D-|-x-|-B-|-x-|-x-|-G-|
D|-x-|-%-|-%-|F#-|-D-|-x-|-A-|-x-|F#-|-x-|-x-|-D-|
A|-x-|-%-|-%-|C#-|-A-|-x-|-E-|-x-|C#-|-x-|-x-|-A-|
E|-x-|-%-|-%-|G#-|-E-|-x-|-B-|-x-|G#-|-x-|-x-|-E-|

  13   14  15 16  17  18   19  
e|-x-|-x-|-x-|G#-|-x-|-x-|-B-|
B|-x-|-x-|-x-|D#-|-x-|-x-|F#-|
G|-x-|-x-|-x-|-B-|-%-|-x-|-D-|
D|-x-|-%-|-%-|F#-|-%-|-x-|-A-|
A|-x-|-%-|-%-|C#-|-%-|-x-|-E-|
E|-x-|-%-|-%-|G#-|-%-|-x-|-B-|
So, 4th, 9th, & 16th row harmonics all sound identical on a single string, they produce whatever tone that the 4th fret of that string would normally make. 7th & 19th Row harmonics all sound identical on a single string, they produce whatever tone that the 7th fret of that string would normally make. 5th row harmonics they produce whatever tone that string is tuned to 12th row harmonics they produce a tone 1 octave higher than the 5th row harmonic of that string. -Hope this helps Nicholas Jacquet

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    jakob.wyatt
    Incorrect, the 12th row harmonics produce a tone 1 octave higher than the string and the 5th row harmonics produce a sound 2 octaves higher than the string. This can be heard if you tune the lower E down to a D and play the 5th row harmonic on the 6th string and the 12th row harmonic on the 4th string, as they are identical.
    mchief1171
    There are multiple possible harmonic notes in the 2 and 3 area. Also, there are harmonics pretty much everywhere. They just don't ring as pronounced as the main ones such as the octave tones.
    Rmonix
    3 and 1/3 fret and 2 and a half frets gets easy harmonics too.