technical_054
technical_054

technical_054

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harp harmonics
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a right hand technique.

an extension of artificial harmonics.

now that i can do artificial harmonics with my right hand

i can now move on to harp harmonics.

what are harp harmonics?

harp harmonics are artifical harmonics + extra pluck on another string

first i will play a harmonic with my right hand:

first finger hovers. thumb plucks:

E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
G |----------------------------|
D |----------------------------|
A |--0<12>---------------------|
E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

now i will add in the third finger:

the third finger plucks another string:

E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
G |-------0--------------------|
D |----------------------------|
A |--0<12>---------------------|
E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

i can also choose to play it with my small (4th) finger.

i can pluck any string above the string of the harmonic.

highest string:

E |-------0--------------------|
B |----------------------------|
G |----------------------------|
D |----------------------------|
A |--0<12>---------------------|
E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

adjacent string:

E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
G |----------------------------|
D |-------0--------------------|
A |--0<12>---------------------|
E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

i can even play it on the same string:

E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
G |----------------------------|
D |----------------------------|
A |--0<12>0--------------------|
E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

i can then alternate between the harmonic and different strings, playing different patterns, to achieve the harp sound:

E |-------0--------------------|
B |-------------0--------------|
G |-------------------0--------|
D |-------------------------0--|
A |--0<12>-0<12>-0<12>-0<12>---|
E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

this is hard to do.

i need to be careful being accurate with my ring finger moving across strings.

so far i have done open strings.

i can also try fretted notes.

i can do this in 3 ways.

first i will move frets with only the harmonics.

so just like artificial harmonics, the left hand frets different notes, and the right hand index finger and thumb move with it (ex: 12 frets higher).

but this time the ring finger plucks the top string in between every harmonic (loop):

E |-------0-----0-----0-----0--|
B |----------------------------|
G |----------------------------|
D |----------------------------|
A |--0<12>-2<14>-3<15>-5<17>---|
E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

this sounds cool. this is a song.

secondly, i can fret just the "harp" strings.

the harmonic stays the same this time (pedal note).

and my left hand now frets different notes on the high string (loop):

E |-------0-----1-----3-----5--|
B |----------------------------|
G |----------------------------|
D |----------------------------|
A |--0<12>-0<12>-0<12>-0<12>---|
E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

and now i will fret both the harmonics and the harp strings.

i will try this while barring the entire 2nd fret with my left hand:

E |--2-------------------------|
B |--2-------------------------|
G |--2-------------------------|
D |--2-------------------------|
A |--2-------------------------|
E |--2-------------------------|
B |--2-------------------------|
F#|--2-------------------------|

and i will now do this:

E |-------2--------------------|
B |-------------2--------------|
G |-------------------2--------|
D |-------------------------2--|
A |--2<14>-2<14>-2<14>-2<14>---|
E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

i have so far only been moving my ring finger across strings.

i can also move the harmonic around while the ring finger stays put:

E |-------2-----2-----2-----2--|
B |--------------------2<14>---|
G |--------------2<14>---------|
D |--------2<14>---------------|
A |--2<14>---------------------|
E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

and now things get harder if i move both harmonic note + harp note.

i will need to move my index/thumb + ring finger at the same time.

there are now two strings to pay attention to and manage at once:

E |---------------------2---------|
B |--------------2--------2<14>---|
G |-------2--------2<14>----------|
D |---------2<14>-----------------|
A |--2<14>------------------------|
E |-------------------------------|
B |-------------------------------|
F#|-------------------------------|

i can make things more interesting by holding down a chord now.

Asus2:

E |--0-------------------------|
B |--0-------------------------|
G |--2-------------------------|
D |--2-------------------------|
A |--0-------------------------|
E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

and how i will try the same thing of moving both the harmonic + harp notes across strings.

this is even harder because i need to always play 12 frets higher than the fretted note to achieve the harmonic.

so i am moving up and down and side-to-side now with my right hand:

E |---------------------0---------|
B |--------------0--------0<12>---|
G |-------2--------2<14>----------|
D |---------2<14>-----------------|
A |--0<12>------------------------|
E |-------------------------------|
B |-------------------------------|
F#|-------------------------------|

i can explore a different pattern:

E |-------0-------------------------------0-----|
B |--------------0-----------------2------------|
G |-----------------2<14>-2---------------------|
D |---------2<14>------------2<14>--------------|
A |--0<12>---------------------------0<12>------|
E |---------------------------------------------|
B |---------------------------------------------|
F#|---------------------------------------------|

i can even just pluck both the harmonic and the harp string at once. like chords:

E |--0--------------0--------------------------|
B |---------0----------------0-----------------|
G |-----------------2<14>------------2---------|
D |---------2<14>------------2<14>-------------|
A |--0<12>---------------------------0<12>-----|
E |--------------------------------------------|
B |--------------------------------------------|
F#|--------------------------------------------|

and i can switch chords as i am playing:

Asus2:

E |---------------------0---------|
B |--------------0--------0<12>---|
G |-------2--------2<14>----------|
D |---------2<14>-----------------|
A |--0<12>------------------------|
E |-------------------------------|
B |-------------------------------|
F#|-------------------------------|

Emin9:

E |----------------------------0--|
B |---------------------0---------|
G |--------------0--------0<12>---|
D |-------4--------4<16>----------|
A |---------2<14>-----------------|
E |--0<12>------------------------|
B |-------------------------------|
F#|-------------------------------|

i can be more advanced and now add in my middle finger into the equation.

so it becomes harmonic + middle finger pluck + ring finger pluck

it becomes a triplet-like pattern (loop):

E |---------0---------0--------0----------0------|
B |-------0---------0--------0----------0--------|
G |----------------------------------------------|
D |----------------------------------------------|
A |--0<12>----0<12>-----0<12>-----0<12>----------|
E |----------------------------------------------|
B |----------------------------------------------|
F#|----------------------------------------------|

and i can explore the same concepts as before, like changing the harmonic note (loop):

E |---------0---------0--------0----------0------|
B |-------0---------0--------0----------0--------|
G |----------------------------------------------|
D |----------------------------------------------|
A |--0<12>----2<14>-----3<15>-----5<17>----------|
E |----------------------------------------------|
B |----------------------------------------------|
F#|----------------------------------------------|

which sounds amazing.

i can then combine harp harmonics with hammer-ons and pull-ups for extra "harpness".

i can hold down this chord:

E |--6-------------------------|
B |--6-------------------------|
G |--6-------------------------|
D |--6-------------------------|
A |--6-------------------------|
E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

and then play around with harmonics, hammers, and pull-offs with my left hand (loop):

E |----6----------6------------|
B |----------------------------|
G |------h8---------p6---------|
D |----------6<18>-------------|
A |--6-------------------------|
E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

another example, using middle finger to hammer on, hold, and pull-off the 7.

E |--6-----------6------------|
B |----h7----------p6---------|
G |--------8<20>--------------|
D |-------------------6<18>---|
A |---------------------------|
E |---------------------------|
B |---------------------------|

personal notes:

being well versed in finger picking or classical guitar helps.

high action.

thicker string gauge.

find the hidden harmonics

rest are soft

bridge pickup allows for stronger harmonics

check out:

questions and feedback: if you have any questions, or need clarification on anything, or want to see something more, please email me dark@dark.co. i am always looking to help out and for ways to develop this further. this is a constantly growing brain, and i would love to build it with you. to chase reality together.