Harmonics - What Are They And How To Play Them On
Harmonics are another unreal sound you can put
into your playing, either on acoustic or electric guitar. I prefer
electric myself, however either way works. As mentioned in the
beginning, Harmonics can be a way of tuning your guitar. They
produce an extremely distinct "Ping" sound, which indicates whether your
strings are out of tune or not.
However, harmonics can also be used as a
"fill-in" in songs. It depends on exactly where you want to put it in.
What I'll tell you now is how to get the best possible harmonics and make
them sound absolutely brilliant.
The best places for excellent clear and loud
sounding harmonics are as follows:
The 5th, 7th & 12th frets above
represent the best spots for harmonics. Please remember you MUST be
EXACTLY on the spot.
Here is an example of what harmonics
sound like when played in the spots shown above...
If not, nothing will come out. A few
things to keep in mind when playing harmonics are as follows:
Harmonics do not necessarily
have to be played in the order of the diagram. You might like to
start on the 5th fret, and then go down to the 12th fret. Mixing
them up a bit makes them sound interesting. Decide which
combinations sound best and go for it. But use the diagram as a base
As mentioned above,
harmonics sound best on electric guitar. One extra tip you might
like to add some effects to it. Try adding some sharp distortion
along with a bit of chorus. Chorus always brings harmonics to life.
What makes up a good
guitarist is the ability to bring out the best sound in a guitar
that is humanly possible. It's important to remember all these
little tips and tricks.
Learning each one and
practicing them inside out is the key to becoming a great player.
Once you have a whole heap of small techniques, it can then be
brought together into one complete package and delivered to the
audience in one hit. This is a must, to sound like a real
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