Pinch harmonics

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  1. Dave_Death

    Dave_Death Well-Known Member

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    These are some good videos on pinch harmonics for anyone who is struggling with it.

    I recommend 1.14mm Dunlop Max-Grip picks, but you have to learn to loosen up a little if you are a chronic pick squeezer.



     
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    this is something i have been battling with...i fool around with it a bit everyday then go on to something else..eventually i will get there
     
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    Most of it is in the wrist and your grip ... once you know what you are aiming for it will develop naturally. It is a bit of a habit thing for me now, like clicking your fingers. You try and try and then one day it just clicks ... Although that might be a bad metaphor because some people never seem to manage to click their fingers! I think most people can do pinch harmonics as long as their basic picking technique is sound and they keep trying. It's kind of wrist flick, all one motion.

     
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    yeah I have the idea down..i can almost do it...thats it...just keep hammering away till it starts happening
     
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    Eventually you will get to the stage where you will have to ease back on them like me! Some of the riffs I've been writing have so many pinches in them and then I listen to them and think 'less is more' ...
     
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    Yeah..then you end up like Zack Wylde....not that hes not good at it..but he does it WAY too much.
     
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    That trick has been around at least since the early 70's and the first few ZZ Top recordings.

    Part of it is also knowing where the harmonics actually are on the string scale length.
     
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    Wylde also uses a heap of chorus and wah, which exaggerates the effect ... he's really into it!
     

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