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Pinch Harmonics

by ThePusher

3 Apr 2008
Views: 6058

Pinch harmonics are easiest to learn on a Stratocaster or knock-off Strat as the pick-ups are set up easiest.

Essentially you should try first fretting the G string on the 7th fret, when picking you should try to hold your pick 2mm from the side of your thumb, after picking you should try to touch the string as quickly as possible with the tip of your thumb directly behind your bridge pickup.

Pitch depends on the node pinched, meaning if you fret the 7th on the G string and pinch the node in front of the middle pick-up you'll get a tone equal to a 3.2 open harmonic and such.

If that was confusing here's the vid I learned from:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5I5O8P-r5Rk

it's a long vid but very instructional.


Request:

pinch Harmonics

by chcrush27

How Exactly should you do it





Comments:

01
04.03.2008
  Guitarslinger124

id say practive on an acoustic...thats what i did and it was extremely hard...but now i can play pinch harmonics incredibly well.

02
04.04.2008
  league

Excellent lesson. I learned it in an instant. I always wondered hoe it was done. Wylde overuses it.

03
04.04.2008
  ThePusher

After I learned this I eploited the hell out of every pinch I made, like my friend would play a riff, then I'd play it insert a couple pnches call it my own and have him get really pissed.

04
04.04.2008
  KicknGuitar

One thing you don't see often enough is the emphasis on where to employ artificial harmonics. Maybe give a quick description of the differences of the pitch when you move the area where you pick (up and down the strings).

05
04.07.2008
  Afro_Raven

All very good except for one tiny thing - pinch harmonics are NOT easier on a single coil guitar (i.e. Strat). They are way easier to execute on humbuckers because these are more powerful pickups that make the harmonic come through stronger.

Afro

06
04.09.2008
  TheUndying

I strongly concur with Afro...

07
04.14.2008
  ThePusher

I meant it's easier because of the placement, I guess it works with mine because my bridge pickup is a double humbucker.

08
03.26.2009
  shawn7656

@ the pusher

that is the best lesson of all...
lol

i do that all the time :)

09
03.27.2009
  Nightmare

what if u hold the pick with 3fingers :) i pinch with my index.

10
11.28.2010
  2jpe2

Is there a good way to really get it down if I don't own an acoustic

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