Artificial Harmonics Made Easy

I don’t know about you, but one thing that keeps me out of a guitar rut is learning new techniques.

So, in this video, I show you how simple it is to start playing artificial harmonics.

Get out your guitar, because after watching this you will be playing them!

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  • Geez… so simple and versatile…. I’m WORKING on it this week!!!! Cheers Tony!!!!! That would be awesome for canon in d

  • YOU make it look easy…fantastic help for me
    84 just finally getting serious about playing my guitar I have been dragging around for 30 years..
    I will be able fo subscribe soon..davinhmy pennies.

  • Great video! One minor terminological question, though–and dang, it is probably super geeky to even ask. What you’re calling artificial harmonics I’ve always understood to be natural harmonics, the only difference being that they’re fretted. Artificial harmonics I have always thought were those screaming notes you stereotypically might hear in a metal electric guitar solo. Sometimes the distinction shows up as I’m describing it in electric guitar sheet music–they’ll label what you’re doing as “N.H.” (i.e., natural harmonic) and reserve “A.H” (i.e., artificial harmonic) for the screaming notes, which are produced by an entirely different method. And, to make things more confusing, sometimes they’ll interchangeably use “A.H.” and “P.H.” (for “pinch harmonic”). Is this just one of those things that isn’t totally standardized yet?

    • Natural harmonics is when an open string is plucked and lightly touched to produce a sound. Example: the song Roundabout by Yes. Famous 12 fret harmonics are Natural Harmonics.

      Artificial harmonics is when the string is fretted and the string is plucked while lightly touching the string to produce a note. Example: Tony playing the C chord. The first and third srings are open so natural harmonics while the second, forth, and fifth are fretted so artificial harmonics.
      Hope this helps.

  • Great tip. Some songs just fade out at the end. Hard to do when playing accoustic unplugged. I don’t like, in that situation, when a guitarist just stops playing at the end. I have a variety of ways to resolve the ending musically. Your tip about doing it with harmonics is a new one. Thanks, James T.

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