Guitar Technique Tip of the Month

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Douglas Niedt






This tip will tell you everything you need to know about how to play natural harmonics, right-hand harmonics, and artificial harmonics on the classical guitar.

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Classical Guitar Technique

NATURAL, RIGHT-HAND, and ARTIFICIAL HARMONICS

By Douglas Niedt

Copyright Douglas Niedt. All Rights Reserved. This article may be reprinted, but please be considerate and give credit to Douglas Niedt.


PART ONE: Natural Harmonics

This comprehensive video tech tip on harmonics runs over 17 minutes. Watch the entire video.

If you want to review any particular topic, refer to the chapter list below. Simply drag your mouse along the video time line to forward or rewind to any point.



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Chapter Topics:
  1. Doug plays an example of cascading harmonics: 00:06 (almost at beginning)

  2. General overview of natural harmonics. Fret locations of the most commonly played harmonics: 00:47

  3. The basics of how to play a natural harmonic: 1:50

  4. Which left-hand fingers to use. What part of the finger to use: 3:50

  5. Position of the left-hand thumb: 5:30

  6. Where along the string-length to pluck the string with the right hand: 6:07

  7. Which fingers on the right hand to use to pluck natural harmonics: 7:25

  8. Natural harmonics can be played rest stroke or free stroke: 8:23

  9. How to choose right-hand fingering for natural harmonics: 9:51

  10. Left-hand fingering on natural harmonics: 11:06

  11. The location of harmonics at the 4th and 9th frets: 13:21

  12. The location of harmonics at the 3rd fret: 14:07

  13. The harmonics at the 4th and 9th frets are not in tune with the rest of the guitar: 14:44

  14. Playing chords in natural harmonics: 15:47

  15. How to vibrato natural harmonics: 16:26

PART TWO: Right-Hand Harmonics and Artificial Harmonics

This detailed video tech tip on right-hand harmonics runs a little over 10 minutes. Watch the entire video. Then if you want to review any particular topic, refer to the chapter list below. Simply drag your mouse along the video time line to forward or rewind to any point.

Video #1: Right-hand harmonics:



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Chapter Topics:
  1. Doug plays an example of cascading harmonics: 00:06 (almost at beginning)

  2. Overview of right-hand harmonics: 00:40

  3. Right-hand position for right-hand harmonics and artificial harmonics: 02:28

  4. Position of left-hand index finger 05:34

  5. Which right-hand finger to use to pluck the string: 06:01

  6. When to use right-hand harmonics. Example, Spanish Dance No. 5 by Enrique Granados: 06:48

  7. When to use right-hand harmonics. Example, Fandanguillo by Joaquin Turina: 08:05

Video #2: Artificial Harmonics, Part 1

Part 1 of this detailed video tech tip on artificial harmonics runs a little over 14 minutes. Watch the entire video. Then if you want to review any particular topic, refer to the chapter list below. Simply drag your mouse along the video time line to forward or rewind to any point.



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Chapter Topics:
  1. Doug plays an example of cascading harmonics: 00:06 (almost at beginning)

  2. Overview of artificial harmonics: 00:45

  3. Playing non-harmonic notes simultaneously with artificial harmonics. Example, Spanish Dance No. 5 by Enrique Granados: 03:21

  4. Right-hand technique for playing non-harmonic notes simultaneously with artificial harmonics and how to practice: 04:45

  5. Playing a four-note chord using the right-hand pinkie to play artificial harmonic on top of chord: 08:14

  6. Example of how to play a passage containing a mix of artificial harmonics with non-harmonic accompaniment. Example, Miguel Llobet's El Testament d'Amelia: 09:04

  7. Using common sense in playing artificial harmonics. Example, Andrew York's In Sorrow's Wake: 12:50

Video #3: Artificial Harmonics, Part 2

Part 2 of this detailed video tech tip on artificial harmonics runs a little over 8 minutes. Watch the entire video. Then if you want to review any particular topic, refer to the chapter list below. Simply drag your mouse along the video time line to forward or rewind to any point.



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Chapter Topics:
  1. Strummed chord with artificial harmonic on top. Example, Claude Debussy's Girl with the Flaxen Hair: 00:08

  2. How to execute strummed chord with harmonic on top: 00:47

  3. How to play (and why) artificial harmonics an octave plus a fifth above fretted note: 02:37

  4. How to learn and practice a passage in artificial harmonics. Example, Miguel Llobet's El Testament d'Amelia: 04:35

Coming next month: CASCADING HARMONICS and HARMONIC NOTATION