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technical_001

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there are hidden nodes across a guitar string.

nodes that reveal overtones.

hidden sounds that are found between frets.

something not obvious when i see a guitar.

hidden pathways.

something mysterious.

sounds that frets will never produce.

hovering my left hand finger over a specific fret line.

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

lightly touching the string.

not depressing the string.

picking that string with my right hand.

this produces a harmonic.

0 is the open string, 12 is the fret the index finger is hovering over.

<12> means harmonic.

i can practice this on more open strings:

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

and these hidden nodes are everywhere.

natural harmonics exist everywhere on a string.

so far i have only played them on the 12th fret.

but they also exist on the 7th fret:

E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
G |----------------------------|
D |----------------------------|
A |-<12>----------<7>----------|
E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

and the 5th fret:

E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
G |----------------------<5>---|
D |----------------------------|
A |-<12>----------<7>----------|
E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

i can then experiment with some patterns:

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

there are hidden natural harmonics found on several points on the string:

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

natural harmonics of a string

#intervaloctave
2nd fret
maj2
3 octaves
3rd fret
p5
2 octaves
4th fret
maj3
2 octaves
5th fret
unison
2 octaves
6th fret
min7
2 octaves
7th fret
p5
1 octave
9th fret
maj3
2 octaves
12th fret
unison
1 octave
15th fret
min7*
2 octaves
16th fret
maj3
2 octaves
17th fret
unison
2 octaves
19th fret
p5
1 octave
24th fret
unison
2 octaves

*15th fret: [playing a bit before the line]

and even between/within the frets there are natural harmonics...

harmonics between a fret

fretintervaloctave
2.0
maj2
3 octaves
~2.3
octave
3 octaves
~2.7
min7
2 octaves
3.0
p5
2 octaves

which sounds amazing, especially on lower strings.

i love slowly gliding my finger between the 2nd and 3rd fret.

use bridge pickup:

E |--------------------------------------------------------|
B |--------------------------------------------------------|
G |--------------------------------------------------------|
D |--------------------------------------------------------|
A |--------------------------------------------------------|
E |--------------------------------------------------------|
B |--------------------------------------------------------|
F#|--<2><2.1><2.2><2.3><2.4><2.5><2.6><2.7><2.8><2.9><3.0>-|

it is true to say that even more harmonics exist throughout the string.

but some are so specifically acute in its position.

and also of low resonant volume.

it becomes nearly non-functional in performance (not a problem in composition).

there is a mysteriousness.

a mysterious that a scale emerges from the richest harmonic overtones.

it appears to be of a dominant tonality.

the intervals: 1, maj2, maj3, p5, min7.

so mysterious...

i can also experiment doing natural harmonics with alternate tunings.

and then can explore more complex material like natural harmonics + swybrid picking:

personal notes:

high action.

thicker string gauge.

can be used to test intonation of guitar

bridge pickup allows for stronger harmonics

more to be explored and expanded upon...

i will go deeper...

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.