technical_023
technical_023

technical_023

status
live
level
intermediate

a right hand technique.

actually also a left hand technique.

but i will focus on the right hand for now.

almost the same principal has plucking artificial harmonics with the right hand.

except as the name suggests.

it isn't plucking

it is tapping

i tap the harmonic instead of plucking it

i tap on the harmonic fret line.

i tap hard and let go immediately.

i can use any right hand finger.

i shall use the right hand middle finger.

tap the 12th fret of the A string:

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

here i am tapping on an open natural harmonic with the right hand.

i tap hard and "bounce up".

the real benefit of this technique is that i can tap with multiple fingers.

not only middle, but index and ring.

practice harmonic tapping with my index (1st) finger:

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

and also with my ring (3rd) finger:

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

i can practice this with a fretted harmonic too.

hold down a note

and tap the harmonic above it:

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

and once i grasp this motion

with my index (1st) , middle (2nd) and ring (3rd) finger

i can practice the same exercises in the artificial harmonics practice note.

it is a different timbre than plucking harmonics.

it feels different too.

it feels more bounce-like.

i love it.

as mentioned before, the real benefit of this technique is the multi-finger nature of it.

tapping harmonics with multiple fingers.

i can do really fast tapped harmonics.

faster than if i just plucked solo artificial harmonics with my thumb + index.

i can hold down a chord with with my left hand:

E |----------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
G |----------------------------|
D |--4-------------------------|
A |--2-------------------------|
E |--3-------------------------|
B |----------------------------|
F#|----------------------------|

and then proceed to do 3-finger tapped harmonics with my right hand on this chord.

index (1st) finger is on E string

middle (2nd) finger is on A string

ring (3rd) finger is on D string

(loop):

E |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D |------------4<16>------------4<16>------------4<16>--------------4<16>|
A |-------2<14>-----------2<14>------------2<14>-------------2<14>-------|
E |--3<15>----------3<15>------------3<15>------------3<15>--------------|
B |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
F#|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

i should practice it backwards too (loop):

E |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D |--4<16>------------4<16>-------------4<16>-----------4<16>------------|
A |---------2<14>------------2<14>-----------2<14>------------2<14>------|
E |---------------3<15>------------3<15>-----------3<15>-----------3<15>-|
B |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
F#|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

and in a random order (loop):

E |-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B |-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G |-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D |-------------4<16>------------4<16>-------------4<16>------4<16>-|
A |--2<14>------------------2<14>------------2<14>------------------|
E |--------3<15>-------3<15>-----------3<15>-------------3<15>------|
B |-----------------------------------------------------------------|
F#|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

this also works with the other overtones of the string.

i can tap 7 frets above the fretted notes instead of always doing 12 frets above:

E |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D |------------4<11>------------4<11>------------4<11>--------------4<11>|
A |-------2<9>-----------2<9>--------------2<9>--------------2<9>--------|
E |--3<10>----------3<10>------------3<10>------------3<10>--------------|
B |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
F#|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

and then alternate back and forth between 7 fret and 12 fret above tapped harmonics:

E |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D |------------4<16>------------4<11>------------4<11>------------4<11>--|
A |-------2<14>-----------2<9>------------2<14>-------------2<9>---------|
E |--3<15>----------3<10>------------3<15>------------3<10>--------------|
B |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
F#|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

i can also do tapped harmonics chords:

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

which sounds amazing.

as mentioned earlier, i can also do tapped open natural harmonics with the left hand.

on the open string, tap the 12th fret of the A string with the left hand:

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

and same principals of practice apply.

i can practice tapping harmonics on more strings with my left hand:

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

i can now combine left hand tapped harmonics with the right hand (all open natural harmonics).

left hand taps on the 12th fret natural harmonics.

right hand taps on the 19th fret natural harmonics.

i can make it super rhythmic.

pattern #1:

E |---------------------------------------------|
B |---------------------------------------------|
G |---------------------------------------------|
D |---------------------------------------------|
A |---------------------------------------------|
E |---------------------------------------------|
B |--------0<19>----------0<19>------0<19>0<19>-|
F#|--0<12>------0<12>0<12>------0<12>-----------|

pattern #2:

E |---------------------------------------------|
B |---------------------------------------------|
G |---------------------------------------------|
D |---------------------------------------------|
A |---------------------------------------------|
E |---------------------------------------------|
B |------------0<19>----------0<19>-------0<19>-|
F#|--0<12>0<12>-----0<12>0<12>------0<12>-------|

and can practice with open tunings (loop):


E |-----------------------------------------------------------|
A |---------------------------0<19>---------------------------|
G |----------------------0<12>-----0<12>----------------------|
D |-----------------0<19>---------------0<19>-----------------|
A |-------------0<12>-------------------------0<12>-----------|
D |-------0<19>-------------------------------------0<19>-----|
C |--0<12>-----------------------------------------------0<12>|
E |-----------------------------------------------------------|

notes:

being well versed in tapping helps

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.