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Riffs You can Use - Part 16
This lesson is a little about open string harmonics.
Lyle: Yes, standard
Lyle: There are many points along the string you
can get harmonics from. The easy ones are on the 12th
Lightly touch your finger on TOP of the 12th fret wire, then pluck the
Lyle: You'll hear a bell like
Lyle: These harmonics on the 12th fret produce
pitches the same as pushing down on those same frets.
Makes a cool sound.
Lyle: When you play harmonics on the 5th fret,
you'll get the same notes as you did on the 12th fret, or open strings, but this
time an octave higher:
Playing harmonics on the 7th fret produce the same notes that you would get from
pushing down on the 7th fret, but the harmonic pitch is an octave
The 3rd fret harmonics produce the same notes that you would get from pushing
down on the 7th fret, but the harmonic pitch is an octave higher than the
harmonics from the 7th fret.
The 4th fret harmonics give you the same notes as you would get from pushing
down on the 4th fret, but 2 octaves higher:
mandy: I have a
hard time getting the 3rd and 4th
Lyle: With a little thought, you can play chords
Lyle: Here's some of the basic chords that you
can get from the positions I just
Am I out of tune?
The 3rd and 4th fret harmonics can be tricky. Try moving your finger off the top
of the fret slightly higher towards the 4th fret.
Lyle: The guitar tuning and measurements are not
perfect, so you have to adjust slightly.
AhmedKhalaf: thats when playing the 3rd fret harmonic?
3rd fret harmonic works on the fret. the fourth one though, i need to move
AhmedKhalaf: so can harmonics be played on any fret
Lyle: Maybe not on ANY fret, but there are other
points harmonics can be played to get many other notes and
Lyle: Jaco Pastorious, the world's greatest bass
player, could play any scale and any chord using just
AhmedKhalaf: wow, i'll have to look him
well, that's what he said, I believe
thought Victor Wooten was the world's greatest! :)
i'm still having trouble getting some volume with the 3rd and 4th fret
AhmedKhalaf: they're there, but really
AhmedKhalaf: should i bounce my fingers off as i strum
Lyle: When playing harmoncs on an electric
guitar, use the bridge pickup and pick kind of hard.
Lyle: Watch my video
Lyle: When using an acoustic guitar, pluck hard,
and back by the bridge.
AhmedKhalaf: sorry what do you mean by "back by the
Lyle: The bridge of the guitar is where the
strings connect to the body etc...
AhmedKhalaf: any tips on just strumming those three
Lyle: In the lesson sample from the top of this
lesson, I made a couple of riffs. The first one uses
watch video of "chords from harmonics" to help see how I get those 3
Here's the other riff from the lesson sample:
doesn't use harmonics.
Here's a looping jam track for you to play along with:
That's all for this lesson.
Lyle: Hope you learned a new riff you can
Lyle: Have a great week and see you next
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