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post Oct 1 2008, 09:02 PM
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Hey I have a lot of trouble with artificial harmonics. I dont know if I have to leave my thumb slightly touching the string or not. And the distortion os the guitar has anything to do with reaching the good sound of AH? Thanks.
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post Oct 1 2008, 09:16 PM
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Hey I have a lot of trouble with artificial harmonics. I dont know if I have to leave my thumb slightly touching the string or not. And the distortion os the guitar has anything to do with reaching the good sound of AH? Thanks.


The amount of distortion you have going will effect your ability to do AHs.

The more the merrier.

Also, some frets are more "juicy" for this type of thing too.

I'd suggest starting on the 6th string, 1st fret. And keep trying and moving up 1 fret at a time. See where you can get a good squeal and where you cant.



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post Oct 2 2008, 01:11 AM
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Distortion definitely helps to bring harmonics louder.
Try angling pick more towards inside as soon as you play the note. Also experiment with picking close to your pick ups. Very soon you will find different AH sounds.
Let me know how it works out for you !



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post Oct 2 2008, 01:16 AM
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Dont leave the thumb on the string- this will just mute and deaden the note. Though distortion helps- you can also do this technique on an acoustic, so it is very doable smile.gif
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post Oct 2 2008, 01:51 AM
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I use my thumb combined with the pick but of course I don't leave it on the sring, it's just a little touch. Everyone has already said that more distortion will make it easier but it also has to do with your neck lenght. The easiest "natural" harmonics are on the 5th, 7th, and 12th fret. Now when you press 12th fret, your AH will easily come out if you pick on the 24th fret. Becauce you don't really pick on the 24 fret, try counting 5 or 7 more and you'll get some results. On my guitar they work the best if I pick between the neck pickup and middle puckup. From here you can get the idea about the rest of them. You don't need to be extremely precise about this but the closer you are to the right fret, the cleaner AH will come out.

Also if you tune your 6th string to drop D, it's very easy to get AHs on that string. Think of Zakk Wylde, he does it all the time.


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post Oct 2 2008, 12:46 PM
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As everyone said, the thumb should touch the string and let it vibrate the harmonic, so no muting with the thumb if you wanna produce the sound.
Try experimenting on different positions of the string, pick on one string horizontally left and right, and you will find a couple of nice sweet spots for AH.


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