Introduction to Pinch Harmonics – Lesson 47

About Introduction to Pinch Harmonics – Lesson 47

Level: Intermediate

Introduction to Pinch Harmonics – Lesson 47

In this lesson we teach you how to play “pinch harmonics” with precision and ease.

Syn’s Tips

The only part of the mechanics of this technique I have to add is this- right after you hit the string with the pick, you want the fleshy part of the thumb to follow right after. You have to time it just right otherwise you’ll just mute the note or it may just sound “clunky”.

This unfortunately is a very vague technique that takes a lot of experimenting with. It’s all about the timing and position of the pick and thumb.

Don’t Get Frustrated! You are now about to embark on some really interesting but difficult material but if it was easy, anyone would do it! Be proud of the work you put in and know that it gets easier to learn tough tasks the more you practice learning tough tasks ;)

As always, Help Your Fellow Brother and Sister Out! Upload videos of yourself demonstrating how it works for you. Also, if your struggling, upload a video of yourself to the "Lesson Comments" section below trying to play it so we can see exactly what your doing wrong. This helps us to identify the problem and better guide you to proper technique! Don’t Be Shy!

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Dan Shipway
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Dan Shipway I find it helps if your pick is slightly slanted or to dig in quite hard. I have recently changed to 2mm picks and that has made it easier so if you can't get them try using different pick thicknesses. Hope this helps anyone! \m/
Jeff McPherson
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Jeff McPherson If you're having a lot of trouble moving your thumb (due to your pick grip, mechanical skills, etc.) you can also try your index or middle finger, depending on your pick grip. I find pinches with my finger to be much easier than with my thumb.
Steven Bellah
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Steven Bellah Is there an extra secret to nailing a good PH on the sixth string?
Steven Bellah
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Steven Bellah Awesome, I'll work on it. Thanks!
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. That's the tough one. Right hand placement is everything. It's a moving target. So pick a note - and then move your right hand forward & backwards until you find the sweet spot. It also helps to play through your bridge pickups. They pick up the harmonics better than neck pickups.
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