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thefireball
post Jul 20 2010, 03:04 AM
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I have a lesson on youtube about harmonics. Somebody asked me about semi-harmonics that I didn't cover. What are those? How do you do them? I know about pinch, tapped, and natural. How about artifical? Aren't those just like the natural? Like hitting the harmonic on the 2nd fret?


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post Jul 20 2010, 03:17 AM
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I don't think i have ever heard that term...but. I think what they are talking about are harmonics that don't deaden the orginal note. Its just on top of the original note.

Think about Semi-harmonics as the ones that you play a note, and tap the string at the harmonic point. I think...and i am not completely convinced to be sure. But it is something similar to the harmonics similar to the ones that Randy Rhoads plays on Crazy train for example during the chorus. Where he is fretting the chord but "Clanking" the harmonic at the same time.


I will have to do more research on the term. But i think this is what it is.


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post Jul 20 2010, 03:41 AM
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that's what i was thinking. like Muris' Van halen lesson? @ 0:23


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post Jul 20 2010, 05:46 AM
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Semi-harmonics are almost identical to pinch harmonics. The only real difference is you don't completely deaden the fundamental note. It requires you to just barely brush your thumb against the string after picking. I love adding them in for slight effect while playing, very slight twist of hand.

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post Jul 20 2010, 03:17 PM
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I think it's very hard to consciously provoke these harmonics instead of pinch harmonics but I think I know what you mean,

I get them ocassionally by accident


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post Jul 20 2010, 07:40 PM
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I learnt them when playing around with pinched (they are actually harmonics gone wrong lol) getting a fast flicking with slight side of the thumb (very light) I can get them most the time (you really need to change pick angles till you find it). Once you learnt it, try going back and forward between it and normal picking isn't as hard. However, keeping the position and motion it's sometimes possible to play an entire riff of notes with them and it sounds quite interesting (just as muck around). You can easily mess them up for an actual pinch harmonic if not careful.


You should heard the natural note still with a slight harmonic ring over top.

Not sure if you can do them with other harmonic styles but it should be possible?

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post Jul 20 2010, 10:08 PM
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Oh! Well I do this all the time! I love doing subtle pinches. So this would be semi harmonics. cool! Thanks guys!!


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