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Open tapped harmonics

Post  Stryfer on Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:15 pm

So, here's the thing.
I'm trying to tap a harmonic pattern on open D and my other hand is busy tapping frets on the other strings.
However, I end up hearing too much of the open D and not enough of the harmonic.

Is there a trick to it? I think I do hit it hard enough, but the harmonic gets lost quickly and the open D sound takes over.

Anything on tapped harmonics is appreciated Very Happy

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Re: Open tapped harmonics

Post  Some freaky guy on Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:42 pm

I usually crank my treble waaaay up when I do that, you might also want to do the harmonics harder, if you can figure it out.
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Re: Open tapped harmonics

Post  Stryfer on Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:24 pm

Going to answer my own question here, as DTL provided a solution in the chatbox.
First off, here's what I meant by Open Tapped Harmonics:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzIT6iWsIA4

Second, it's not really a matter of how hard you hit the strings. The important part is the release. You shouldn't pull away quickly (as if you were slapping maybe), but rather have a slow release.
What you really do is gently tap the string.

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Re: Open tapped harmonics

Post  Pippynip on Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:56 am

Gently, but quickly. Precisely.

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Re: Open tapped harmonics

Post  MetalJacob on Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:33 am

What in the world is this and how do you do it? I know a normal harmonic, but what is this open harmonic stuff?

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Re: Open tapped harmonics

Post  Stryfer on Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:57 am

I provided a link in my previous post. Look at his right hand.

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Re: Open tapped harmonics

Post  MetalJacob on Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:57 pm

Yes I see that, but what in the world is he actually doing?

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Re: Open tapped harmonics

Post  Stryfer on Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:43 am

He's tapping harmonics. He leaves the two strings open and he hits them right over a fret where he would normally place his finger to produce a harmonic.

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Re: Open tapped harmonics

Post  Dropthelines585 on Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:33 pm

We covered this in chat, but I'll post it here so it could be helpful.

It's all about the slow release.
Just think of the mechanics of a regular harmonic.
That easy.
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