Tapped Harmonics
Jake37
Aug 4 2008, 12:34 AM
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Hey there!

I would need help on one thing...

It's about tapped harmonics. I've seen on Muris videos some tapped harmonics and I am not sure how it works. blink.gif

I'd be glad to get some help on that matter, please. How do you make it exactly.

Thanks a lot in advance! rolleyes.gifbiggrin.gif

Jake

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Canis
Aug 4 2008, 12:37 AM
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Well, Muris use his supernatural powers to grap a pick, make a harmonic, and putting down the pick again.. All this happens in 0.0001 seconds. I'm not sure how normal human beeings can do it though tongue.gif

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Darfuria
Aug 4 2008, 12:48 AM
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I'm not so sure about tapped harmonics, but you can make an artificial harmonic by placing a finger of your picking hand over a string 5, 7, or 12 frets above the fretted note (as if you were playing a harmonic on the 5th, 7th or 12th fret) and then pick the string with the thumb of your picking hand.

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Aug 4 2008, 01:10 AM
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I'm sure there a few lessons on GMC. But, here goes... You fret a note and tap the same note an octave (12 frets above). For example fret your finger on the 2nd fret of any string... Then on the same string tap above the 14th fret. This produces the same note, but a higher octave. This works anywhere on the fretboard. Keep in mind that lots of distortion will help, but too much will make it difficult to keep clean. Without fretting try just tapping above (NOT ON) the 12th fret any string. If this sounds out a decent harmonic, you are now on the right track.

A little side note... I myself have a hard time with "plucked harmonics". They sound really cool and "harp-like", especially over a chord... But, I can't manage to make them out correctly. I really want to know the best approach to doing this!

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Ramiro Delforte
Aug 4 2008, 10:45 PM
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Deja Vu posted a good way to get the octave harmonic. smile.gif
I want to add some physics to the answer. Remember every sound (or note) in your fretboard is composed with about 22 harmonics that you can hear with a little help. Also remember that a guitar is a string instrument and strings have nodes (points in the strings that produces the harmonics). This mathematical relations are the principal theory for getting these sounds.
The middle node is the 12th fret, there you get the lower harmonic from there to the neck and to the bridge the harmonics are higher. This is simple the mathematical relation is shorter to the extremes so the 12th fret is the octave of the open string, the 7th fret natural harmonic is the 5th of the 12th note, then the 5th fret harmonic is the doble octave of the open string (or the octave of the 12th fret note) and the 3th fret harmonic is the 5th of the open string but two octaves higher finally the 2nd fret natural harmonic is the triple octave of the open string. These are the simple relations of fifth and octave relations. The harmonic series is the root note (ex: E) then the octave (E), then the fifth (cool.gif so that is the reason why all these natural harmonics relations to the open strings.
Now, with the little explanation you can play a fretted note but when you play it with your right hand you can put your thump across the string and play it with your index finger and get the harmonic relations that I explained.
I hope it was usefull this little intro to harmonics and music physics.
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Muris Varajic
Aug 4 2008, 10:53 PM
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Great explanations guys!! smile.gif

We had similar topic HERE so you might wanna check it out as well. smile.gif

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Jake37
Aug 4 2008, 10:56 PM
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Thank you all!

That helped!! wink.gif biggrin.gif

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Aug 4 2008, 11:04 PM
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QUOTE (Jake37 @ Aug 4 2008, 01:34 AM) *
Hey there!

I would need help on one thing...

It's about tapped harmonics. I've seen on Muris videos some tapped harmonics and I am not sure how it works. blink.gif

I'd be glad to get some help on that matter, please. How do you make it exactly.

Thanks a lot in advance! rolleyes.gifbiggrin.gif

Jake


it's natural harmonics, but you have to move em the same length as you're fretting.

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