Harmonics part 2 – Artificial Harmonics!

Nicholas Mason

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FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites Artificial harmonics are created by fretting a note, touching a node and then plucking the string. They can be used to create harmonics that have pitches which can't be achieved using natural harmonics. An application of this is playing a melody using only harmonics, like in the intro to Birdland by Weather Report. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqashW66D7o People often confuse artificial harmonics with  "pinched" harmonics. However, they are not the same thing. "Pinched" harmonics is a guitar technique where the string is plucked using a plectrum and instantly touched by the thumb. This is done above a node, resulting in a harmonic. Again, I apologise for using an unmarked fretboard - I am at university and only brought along one bass.
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shifu007 said,

March 6, 2010 @ 2:21 am

cool thanks

milesharris1 said,

December 5, 2009 @ 3:03 am

for beginners…
Place your thumb an estimated 12 frets in front of your left hand position on the fretboard
for an one octave artificial harmonic, 24 for a two octave artificial harmonic.

that’s why nicholas mason’s right hand is moving around.

hopefully this helps…or someone actually reads it. 😀

Ramon said,

November 23, 2009 @ 4:56 am

Nicely explained. Thanks.

Damien Neblett said,

November 22, 2009 @ 3:10 am

Great lesson!.. very informative

Smaz said,

October 19, 2009 @ 10:48 am

Great lesson, thanks very much! 🙂


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