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jeremyd
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i am looking at some tab and it has a artifiical harmonic? i was like eh? anyways its 6th string 3rd fret i am familiar with a pinch harmonic as in plucking hte sting and using the pick to create a squeal is this similiar


   
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Wes Inman
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No, in this case you very lightly touch the string. When you pick the string immediately lift your finger. It takes a little practice to get the precise timing, but you'll get it. Also, the harmonic is not exactly over the 3rd fret, but very slightly higher going toward the 4th. Again, takes a little practice but you will find that exact spot that gives you a good harmonic.

Edit- I am assuming you are using electric guitar, but this can be done on acoustic as well. On electric, for best results use your bridge pickup.

These harmonics are much easier to play at the 5th, 7th, 12th, 17th, and 19th frets. But there are many other spots up and down the string where you can get a harmonic. Just lightly touch the string and move up and down it while you pick the string and you will find the other harmonics.

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gnease
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Often overlooked for artificial harmonics: Where you pick makes a difference. For an artificial harmonic around the 3rd fret, try picking near the bridge, and experiment by picking at different locations. There should be a couple of picking positions on the string at which the harmonic is easier to create, as well as louder.

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dogbite
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a sweet spot for picking on a strat is where the 28th fret would be.

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gnease
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a sweet spot for picking on a strat is where the 28th fret would be.
The position should be different for different harmonics as the standing wave nodes (where one doesn't want to pick) are in different locations depending upon both the (fretted) note and the order of harmonic overtone.

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Fretsource
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Wes, you're describing how to play the natural harmonic that occurs just above the third fret G on string 6. (B in this case). But as Jeremy says that an artificial harmonic is called for, I'd assume they want an octave above that low G, achieved by fretting the 3rd fret while lightly fingering 12 frets above the third fret with the picking hand.


   
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dogbite
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um, I should clarify. around the 28th fret, or where it would be, on my strat, I find great harmonics when fretting around the third fret.
squalies or artificial harmonics have been covered. there is a good youtube vid about them.
moving the picking area around while freetting can give nice harmonics.
the natural harmonics are covered in this thread.

what was the question?

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jeremyd
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thanks guys i almost got it down it makes a cool sound


   
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