technical_061
technical_061

technical_061

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to see guitar a textural device

rather than always a melodic or harmonic device.

same principal as artificial harmonics

two components:

hoverering + picking

hover: right hand index remains outstretched and hovering.

pick: hold the pick with they thumb and middle finger

but first

first practice sweeping WITHOUT hovering

only picking.

hold down the following chord (bar with the left-hand index finger):

E |----12----------------------|
B |----12----------------------|
G |----12----------------------|
D |----12----------------------|
A |----12----------------------|
E |----12----------------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

and sweep downwards

slowly

with the thumb and middle finger holding the pick:

E |---------------12------------|
B |------------12---------------|
G |----------12-----------------|
D |--------12-------------------|
A |------12---------------------|
E |----12-----------------------|
B |-----------------------------|
F#|-----------------------------|

with control and precision.

use a metronome.

now go backward:

E |----12----------------------|
B |------12--------------------|
G |--------12------------------|
D |----------12----------------|
A |------------12--------------|
E |--------------12------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

this is just holding down a simple bar chord and and sweeping up and down.

go both directions (loop):

E |---------------12-12------------|
B |------------12-------12---------|
G |----------12-----------12-------|
D |--------12---------------12-----|
A |------12-------------------12---|
E |----12-----------------------12-|
B |--------------------------------|
F#|--------------------------------|

now lightly hover the index finger 12 frets higher than the bar chord, and do the same sweep motion.

bridge pickup helps.

going up:

E |------------------------------------12<24>------------|
B |-----------------------------12<24>-------------------|
G |----------------------12<24>--------------------------|
D |----------------12<24>--------------------------------|
A |----------12<24>--------------------------------------|
E |----12<24>--------------------------------------------|
B |------------------------------------------------------|
F#|------------------------------------------------------|

going down:

now go backward:

E |----12<24>-----------------------------------|
B |----------12<24>-----------------------------|
G |----------------12<24>-----------------------|
D |----------------------12<24>-----------------|
A |-----------------------------12<24>----------|
E |-----------------------------------12<24>----|
B |---------------------------------------------|
F#|---------------------------------------------|

go both directions (loop):

E |-------------------------------12<24>12<24>-------------------------------|
B |-------------------------12<24>------------12<24>-------------------------|
G |-------------------12<24>------------------------12<24>-------------------|
D |-------------12<24>------------------------------------12<24>-------------|
A |-------12<24>------------------------------------------------12<24>-------|
E |-12<24>------------------------------------------------------------12<24>-|
B |--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
F#|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

i can also practice it 7 frets higher than the fretted bar chord:

E |-------------------------------12<19>12<19>-------------------------------|
B |-------------------------12<19>------------12<19>-------------------------|
G |-------------------12<19------------------------12<19>--------------------|
D |-------------12<19>------------------------------------12<19>-------------|
A |-------12<19>------------------------------------------------12<19>-------|
E |-12<19>------------------------------------------------------------12<19>-|
B |--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
F#|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

now ascend the chord 12 frets higher, and descend 7 frets higher:

E |-------------------------------12<24>12<19>-------------------------------|
B |-------------------------12<24>------------12<19>-------------------------|
G |-------------------12<24>------------------------12<19>-------------------|
D |-------------12<24>------------------------------------12<19>-------------|
A |-------12<24>------------------------------------------------12<19>-------|
E |-12<24>------------------------------------------------------------12<19>-|
B |--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
F#|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

or ascend the chord 7 frets higher, and descend 12 frets higher:

E |-------------------------------12<19>12<24>-------------------------------|
B |-------------------------12<19>------------12<24>-------------------------|
G |-------------------12<19------------------------12<24>--------------------|
D |-------------12<19>------------------------------------12<24>-------------|
A |-------12<19>------------------------------------------------12<24>-------|
E |-12<19>------------------------------------------------------------12<24>-|
B |--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
F#|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

i can also keep my hovering hand where it is and move the fretted notes:

E |-------------------------------12<24>5<24>--------------------------------|
B |-------------------------12<24>------------5<24>--------------------------|
G |-------------------12<24>------------------------5<24>--------------------|
D |-------------12<24>------------------------------------5<24>--------------|
A |-------12<24>------------------------------------------------5<24>--------|
E |-12<24>------------------------------------------------------------5<24>--|
B |--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
F#|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

or:

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

using the technique of swybrid picking, i can then achieve harp like motion by plucking the highest string of each sweep pattern with the ring finger:

E |-------------------------------<v>------------------------------------|

E |-------------------------------12<24>---------------------------------|
B |-------------------------12<24>------12<19>---------------------------|
G |-------------------12<24>------------------12<19>---------------------|
D |-------------12<24>-------------------------------12<19>--------------|
A |-------12<24>-------------------------------------------12<19>--------|
E |-12<24>--------------------------------------------------------12<19>-|
B |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
F#|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

i can then add left hand hammer-ons and pull-offs to give some harmonic context:

E |-------------------------------<v>------------------------------------|

E |-------------------------------12<24>---------------------------------|
B |-------------------------12<24>------12<19>---------------------------|
G |-------------------12<24>------------------12<19>---------------------|
D |-------------12<24>-------------------------------12<19>--------------|
A |-------12<24>-------------------------------------------12<19>--------|
E |-12h15--------------------------------------------------------15p12---|
B |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
F#|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

r |------------------------------let ring--------------------------------|

and can then produce motivic structures

with left hand hammer ons + right hand sweep harmonics.

(after hammering on, bar the entire 12th fret.)

triplets (loop):

E |-------------------------------12<24>--------|
B |-----------------------12<24>----------------|
G |----------------12<24>-----------------------|
D |---------12<24>------------------------------|
A |----h14--------------------------------------|
E |h12------------------------------------------|
B |---------------------------------------------|
F#|---------------------------------------------|

E |-------------------------------12<24>--------|
B |-----------------------12<24>----------------|
G |----------------12<24>-----------------------|
D |---------12<24>------------------------------|
A |----h15--------------------------------------|
E |h12------------------------------------------|
B |---------------------------------------------|
F#|---------------------------------------------|

E |-------------------------------12<24>--------|
B |-----------------------12<24>----------------|
G |----------------12<24>-----------------------|
D |---------12<24>------------------------------|
A |----h17--------------------------------------|
E |h12------------------------------------------|
B |---------------------------------------------|
F#|---------------------------------------------|

E |-------------------------------12<24>--------|
B |-----------------------12<24>----------------|
G |----------------12<24>-----------------------|
D |---------12<24>------------------------------|
A |----h15--------------------------------------|
E |h12------------------------------------------|
B |---------------------------------------------|
F#|---------------------------------------------|

it is easier to play sweep harmonics with underlying chords that share same or close frets together:

E |------------------------------------12<24>------------|
B |-----------------------------12<24>-------------------|
G |----------------------14<26>--------------------------|
D |----------------14<26>--------------------------------|
A |----------12<24>--------------------------------------|
E |----12<24>--------------------------------------------|
B |------------------------------------------------------|
F#|------------------------------------------------------|

but wide stretched out intervallic chords are hard, but still possible:

E |------------------------------------12<24>------------|
B |-----------------------------12<24>-------------------|
G |----------------------16<28>--------------------------|
D |----------------14<26>--------------------------------|
A |----------12<24>--------------------------------------|
E |------------------------------------------------------|
B |------------------------------------------------------|
F#|------------------------------------------------------|

especially combining the philosophy of imperfection

it does not have to be exactly 12 frets higher.

there is some room for margin of error [make into separate node]

such that the brain/ear fills in the "missing notes"

the scrapes sound beautiful

textural.

combining textural half-dead or full dead notes with the full harmonics

having semi-audible harmonics with full harmonics

works amazingly as a textural device, with dead notes, etc:

E |-------------------------------x<24>----------|
B |-----------------------x<24>------------------|
G |----------------x<24>-------------------------|
D |---------x<24>--------------------------------|
A |----h14---------------------------------------|
E |h12-------------------------------------------|
B |----------------------------------------------|
F#|----------------------------------------------|

E |-------------------------------12<24>--------|
B |-----------------------12<24>----------------|
G |----------------12<24>-----------------------|
D |---------12<24>------------------------------|
A |----h15--------------------------------------|
E |h12------------------------------------------|
B |---------------------------------------------|
F#|---------------------------------------------|

E |-------------------------------x<24>----------|
B |-----------------------x<24>------------------|
G |----------------x<24>-------------------------|
D |---------x<24>--------------------------------|
A |----h17---------------------------------------|
E |h12-------------------------------------------|
B |----------------------------------------------|
F#|----------------------------------------------|

E |-------------------------------12<24>--------|
B |-----------------------12<24>----------------|
G |----------------12<24>-----------------------|
D |---------12<24>------------------------------|
A |----h15--------------------------------------|
E |h12------------------------------------------|
B |---------------------------------------------|
F#|---------------------------------------------|

and especially played fast

sounds incredible.

works beautiful for low string harmonics too.

hold down the following chord:

E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
G |----------------------------|
D |----------------------------|
A |----4-----------------------|
E |----4-----------------------|
B |----2-----------------------|
F#|----0-----------------------|

and then sweep harmonic it [loop]:

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

notes:

helps to be well versed in sweeping

helps to be well versed in swybrid picking

find the hidden harmonics

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

rest are soft

bridge pickup allows for stronger harmonics

check out:

to see guitar a textural device, rather than always a melodic or harmonic device.

probably the most controversial, polarizing and misunderstood guitar technique. in fact it got so much heat when i released my song refractions.

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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.