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(@apparition)
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Do pinch harmonics work on an acoustic guitar? If so,are there any tricks to practicing pinch harmonics? I've been working on getting it down for some time on an electric guitar with a little headphone amp and haven't even come close to that iconic squealing pitch. Wondering what I might be doing wrong. I figure that I should get it down on electric before attempting on my acoustic but I'm still not sure if it's possible on an acoustic


   
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(@apparition)
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Oh. I should mention that I'm using the method described in The Complete Idiots Guide To Rock Guitar by Dave Hodge, or I think I'm doing it that way. Been a while since I had that book. Don't know what happened to it.


   
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(@dogbite)
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I always post this youtube video for pinch harmonics. it is for electric guitar.
with acoustic you could probably pinch a few overtones.
try picking at different points on the guitar. imagine a 28th fret and pick there while playing over the 3rd fret. with some guitars there are sweet spots, which are harmonic intervals. fretting and picking in those places will get you close.
also, holding the pick in such a way where you can pick a string and simultaneously hit it with your thumbside. hard to describe.
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(@askaguitarpro)
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Yes....you can pull off pinch harmonics. Of course, it isn't going to be as audible as if you were playing through a heavily overdriven amp. I think the best trick, and Dogbite alluded to this, is to "choke up" on the pick. For example, if you have 1/4" of an inch of your pick "exposed" when you are holding it between your thumb and index finger, decrease that amount to 1/8" of an inch. This will increase your chances of striking the fleshy part of your thumb and the pick at the same time....which is what you are shooting for. As mentioned before, it definitely is a feel thing.

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