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Post  Bass Mon on Sat Mar 20, 2010 2:58 am

I'm having trouble with natural and artificial harmonics
any tips?

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Post  akyra on Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:34 am

I'll try and help.

Natural Harmonics..
These can only be heard in the 5th 7th or 12th frets. If you place your pinky ( I always do it with my pinky ) on the fret to cover the strings. Don't press down. Then pluck with your right hand you should get a bell tone from it. It sounds best when you pluck and remove your left hand.

Try this out Smile <7> = harmonic.

G||---<7>----------<5>---------<7>---||
D||---<7>----------<5>---------<7>---||
A||-5--------------------------------------||
E||---------0-1-2--3------3-2-1-0-----0-||

Artifical Harmonics.
These are played with the right hand.. You lightly touch the fret with your index finger and pluck with your ring.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGI2x8YW8Uk

Hope this helps

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Post  maxf13 on Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:26 am

they sound almost every where but they are the loudest at 5,7,9,12,24 and 15 i think??

also nice avatar akyra

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Post  akyra on Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:53 am

I thought it was just 5 7 and 12 the rest kinda sound dead. but Im prolly wrong ^^ Im just a beginer myself

And thank you Smile I liked it too lol ^^ Makes me wanna buy a hat D:

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Post  Bass Mon on Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:11 pm

Thanks I'll try that

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Post  Dropthelines585 on Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:13 pm

akyra wrote:I thought it was just 5 7 and 12 the rest kinda sound dead. but Im prolly wrong ^^ Im just a beginer myself

And thank you Smile I liked it too lol ^^ Makes me wanna buy a hat D:

If your bass is set up VERY well, you can get a harmonic just about anywhere.
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Post  BlackF89 on Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:44 pm

Yeah I can get harmonics all over my 'wick, not that I use them that often. I really need to get down artificial harmonics but they're a bastard to do

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Post  Bass Mon on Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:26 pm

I've just got the naturals down and I can tap the harmonics all along the neck but I still can't do artificial harmonics

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Post  Dropthelines585 on Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:59 pm

I do a pinch harmonic like an artificial, unless I'm a retard and am oblivious to the fact that they are the same thing. That said, I pluck with my thumb and use my index finger to get the harmonic the motion looks similar to that of spinning a top.
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Post  Bass Mon on Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:05 pm

Sounds interesting. I'll try it.

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Post  uglymutt on Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:10 am

That's pretty much it. Good luck

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Post  KrysH on Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:52 am

I could never get the hang of pinch harmonics, doesn't help being crap with a pick I suppose, without a pick I tend to rest my thumb joint on the string and pluck with my middle finger which is all wrong I know lol.

I wish I could get decent harmonics out of both of my basses but I think they need setting up a lot better than they are now.

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