GUITAR TECHNIQUE 008: Harmonics (Natural & Tap /Touch)

July 08, 2018:
Harmonics (Natural and Tap /Touch)

 NEW  This unique Creative Guitar Studio course  explores exercises for increasing dexterity and coordination between the hands. The goal of the course is to increase awareness, mobility and control.

Lesson 008 of Guitar Technique covers the performance methods that can be used to generate harmonics.

The lesson plan contains several examples that demonstrate a collection of "Natural" harmonics along with the style of harmonic known as the "Tapped" or "Touch Harmonic."

There are six studies that explore these different approaches. The video lessons demonstrate each technique in detail.

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PART ONE:  Example 1a, explains the locations on the neck where "Natural" harmonics occur. These locations provide rich dynamic harmonic overtones at the 5th, 7th and 12th fret locations from the open guitar strings.

In exercise 1b, a collection of 7th position Natural Harmonics are incorporated into a melodic example. Learn the example riff and develop the feel of the part up to a smooth rate and pace.

PART TWO:  Example two is all about application. Natural harmonics in the 5th, 7th and 12th fret positions are included in the melodic phrase. Learn the melodic passage and commit it to memory.

The riff in example 2 applies each of the "Natural" harmonics as both broken and chordal style. Learn to perform each of these harmonic playing techniques as smoothly as possible.

Exercise three moves into the concept of applying the "Tap" or "Touch" style harmonic. These harmonics are developed off of fretting chords or scale tones.

Exercise 3, focuses on the most common "Tap /Touch" harmonic, the one octave distance harmonic performed off of a fretted chord. Four chord examples are provided in the exercise. Learn to reach up an octave across the neck and "tap /touch" each of them.

PART FOUR:  Exercise four applies the performance of tap /touch harmonic technique over to varied intervals.

The study in example 4a, demonstrates doing the tap /touch at both 5th and 7th fret distance from the established chord pattern.

In example 4b, a performance exercise using tap /touch harmonics focuses on the importance of judging distance. These tap /touch harmonics can be executed at 5th, 7th or 12th fret distances. The study demonstrates practice off of the distance of five frets from a "Dmaj7" chord.

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