technical_056
technical_056

technical_056

status
live
level
complex

so far there have always been two parts to playing harmonics:

hover + pluck.

hovering over a fret of a string + plucking the same strings.

it is the same principal here.

same principal as right hand harmonics.

except as the name suggests

it is with the left hand only.

the left is solely responsible for the hover + pluck.

i need a hovering finger + plucking finger

hover finger: ring (3rd) finger.

plucking finger: index (1st) finger.

so this time the pluck is happening BEHIND the hover.

i can do this with only open strings:

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

try it on another string:

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

works for all the naturally found open harmonics.

so what i can do is go back to my natural harmonics practice notes and do some exercises from there.

practice doing all the strings (horizontal practice):

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

moving strings is hard. requires attention and accuracy.

practice going up the harmonic series/frets of a string (vertical practice):

E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
G |----------------------------|
D |----------------------------|
A |-<4><5><7><12><17><19><24>--|
E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

now practice a bilateral pattern:

E |-<7>------<7>-------<7>------<7>------|
B |----<7>-------<7>------<7>------<7>---|
G |-------<5>-------<5>------<5>------<5>|
D |--------------------------------------|
A |--------------------------------------|
E |--------------------------------------|
B |--------------------------------------|
F#|--------------------------------------|

this is even harder. because i need to move between both the x and y axis of the fretboard grid.

i can now do harmonics with both hands:

left hand (open strings):

E |-<7>------<7>-------<7>------<7>------|
B |----<7>-------<7>------<7>------<7>---|
G |-------<5>-------<5>------<5>------<5>|
D |--------------------------------------|
A |--------------------------------------|
E |--------------------------------------|
B |--------------------------------------|
F#|--------------------------------------|

and then right hand (open strings):

E |-----<12>-------<12>-------<12>--------<12>-----------|
B |-<12>-------<12>-------<12>--------<12>---------------|
G |------------------------------------------------------|
D |---------<9>--------<9>---------<9>--------<9>--------|
A |------------------------------------------------------|
E |------------------------------------------------------|
B |------------------------------------------------------|
F#|------------------------------------------------------|

i can now do something really cool.

i can now combine these left hand harmonics with right hand natural harmonics, alternating between the left and right hand together:

left hand:

E |-<7>---------------------<7>-------------------------|
B |--------<7>------------------------<7>---------------|
G |----------------<5>---------------------------<5>----|
D |-----------------------------------------------------|
A |-----------------------------------------------------|
E |-----------------------------------------------------|
B |-----------------------------------------------------|
F#|-----------------------------------------------------|

right hand:

E |-------------<12>-----------------------<12>---------|
B |---<12>----------------------<12>--------------------|
G |-----------------------------------------------------|
D |-----------------------<9>-----------------------<9>-|
A |-----------------------------------------------------|
E |-----------------------------------------------------|
B |-----------------------------------------------------|
F#|-----------------------------------------------------|

and i can be even more audacious and play this on two different guitars at the same time, panning each one left and right for stereoscopic ambience:

left hand [guitar left (L)]:

E |-<7>---------------------<7>-------------------------|
B |--------<7>------------------------<7>---------------|
G |----------------<5>---------------------------<5>----|
D |-----------------------------------------------------|
A |-----------------------------------------------------|
E |-----------------------------------------------------|
B |-----------------------------------------------------|
F#|-----------------------------------------------------|

right hand [uitar right (R)]:

E |-------------<12>-----------------------<12>---------|
B |---<12>----------------------<12>--------------------|
G |-----------------------------------------------------|
D |-----------------------<9>-----------------------<9>-|
A |-----------------------------------------------------|
E |-----------------------------------------------------|
B |-----------------------------------------------------|
F#|-----------------------------------------------------|

personal notes:

high action.

practice plucking with the left hand index finger first before hovering with the ring (3rd) finger.

moving around will be hard but it will get easier.

find the hidden harmonics

4th, 5th, 7th, 12th 24th fret are loudest.

rest are soft.

bridge pickup allows for stronger harmonics.

this technique makes me wonder if it's possible to finger pick strings really fast with just my left hand...and then to combine it with the right hand for harp like playing. i will explore.

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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.