#36 Pinch / Squeal Harmonics, Dime/Zakk Style Pinch Harmonics on the fly
Todd Simpson
Jul 14 2018, 07:53 PM
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In this QUICK LICKS we are going to work on "PINCH HARMONICS" also known as "PINCH SQUEALS". Some folks like ZAKK WYLDE and DIME have used this technique to great effect and are well known for it. We are not talking here about using the bell like harmonics where you don't fret a note but glance off the string while striking. The ones we are talking about here are fretted and there is some vibrato as well. The vibrato makes the the entire thing stand out more and ring out better. If you don't use any vibrato or bending, the "Pinch" will not sustain very long. You can use your Whammy/Trem with this technique if desired, however, we are not going to cover that today. This is about doing the actual Pinch itself and sticking the landing, as it were. Nothing sounds worse than going for a Pinch Harmonic and missing it completely. It draws attention to itself in a very bad way and it's easy to tell that one just missed ones intended lick. To wit, we are going to put the Pinch in the context of a simple riff and repeat the pinch as we move down the neck and alternate with an open string. This will give you practice in "Sticking the landing". E.G. Hitting your pinch "On the Fly" as God intended. You should not have to stop what you are doing and prepare for doing this technique. It should flow seamlessly.

Also, feel free to Bend anywhere Vibrato is notated. Either is fine. However, try NOT to use tepid/shallow, "back and forth" wagging vibrato. Use forcefull, intentional, up and down vibrato. The better your vibrato, the better your pinch will sound. Let's take a look at the video. It contains the lick itself and wads of tips/close up shots of how to get the most out of this techique. It's the longest Quick Lick vid in quite a while but worth the watch. This is a basic Rock/Metal technique. It should be in one's bag of tricks smile.gif

*Make sure to watch the vid!. It Contains the "Secret Sauce"

*NOTE: Pay Special attention to letting your thumb graze by the string after the strike, this is what creates the harmonic squeal.

BACKGROUND / COMMENTS : Don't beat yourself up if you struggle with this. Most players struggle with this at some point. I did as well. I've yet to find someone who could pull this off without trying. But it is possible, with a bit of practice, to get it to where you can pull it off anytime you want and not miss it.

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- Todd Simpson   #36 Pinch / Squeal Harmonics   Jul 14 2018, 07:53 PM
- - Phil66   Take 1 ready for improvement advice Sarge. I'v...   Jul 14 2018, 09:31 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   First to fight! NICE I fear that your tone m...   Jul 14 2018, 10:01 PM
- - Phil66   Thanks Todd I'm using the Panama patch modifi...   Jul 14 2018, 10:28 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   See if the Cali Recto gives you a betters result. ...   Jul 15 2018, 01:26 AM
- - Phil66   Hello Todd, I tried the Cali Rectifier and it did...   Jul 15 2018, 09:22 PM
- - Phil66   Take 3, getting better I think. I didn't try v...   Jul 16 2018, 09:22 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Progress! You are getting a better handle on ...   Jul 17 2018, 04:21 AM
- - Phil66   Thanks for the advice Todd, I went through a stag...   Jul 17 2018, 07:30 AM
|- - Todd Simpson   I'm glad it's working it's way forward...   Jul 18 2018, 02:16 AM
- - Phil66   Hello Todd, Watched the Skolnick vid, really stru...   Jul 18 2018, 09:28 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Try striking a bit harder and letting the string b...   Jul 18 2018, 09:40 PM
- - Phil66   Dude I don't want you to use my last submissi...   Jul 18 2018, 10:25 PM
- - Phil66   Sorry Todd, I didn't get chance to get anothe...   Jul 19 2018, 09:18 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Good point! Enjoy your Holiday Some time away...   Jul 21 2018, 02:33 AM
- - Phil66   Hello Todd, I hope you got my PM. Here is a take...   Aug 5 2018, 09:16 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Welcome back!! This is my fave take of th...   Aug 6 2018, 07:35 PM
- - Phil66   Thanks Todd, I'll keep working on it. This is...   Aug 6 2018, 08:27 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Finding the sweet spot is key. Also, it's some...   Aug 9 2018, 07:39 PM
- - onetabmat   RE: #36 Pinch / Squeal Harmonics   Nov 22 2018, 08:41 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Bingo!! The pinch harmonic is a core techi...   Nov 26 2018, 08:44 PM
- - Caelumamittendum   RE: #36 Pinch / Squeal Harmonics   May 18 2019, 05:25 AM
- - Todd Simpson   I used wound strings for these pinch squeals for t...   May 25 2019, 10:00 AM

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