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FENDER PLAYERS CLUB HARP HARMONICS

A harp harmonic, also known as the Koto Technique, is produced by lightly touching (or "stunning") the string with the index finger of the picking hand at the twelfth fret above the fretted note. The string may be plucked either with the thumb [see photo] or with a pick held between the thumb and middle finger. When harp harmonics are used to play a chord, the fretting hand will provide the chord shape while the plucking hand will outline that chord shape twelve frets higher. In Figure 1, the Am11 chord shape consists simply of a barre at the fifth fret. Your picking hand should outline this shape at the seventeenth fret.

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Now lets add some normally fretted notes between these harp harmonic notes. I will refer to these normally fretted notes as "true tones" to differentiate them from the harp harmonics. Using the same chord from FIGURE 1, start with a true tone on the fourth string, fifth fret (G), then play a harp harmonic on the sixth string, fifth fret (A). If youre playing harmonics with your thumb, use your middle finger to play the true tone. On the other hand, if youre playing harmonics with a pick held between your thumb and middle finger (stunning the strings with your index), then play the true tone with your ring finger. Next, play a true tone on the third string, fifth fret (C), followed by a harp harmonic on the fifth string, fifth fret (D). Then play a true tone on the second string, fifth fret (E), followed by a harp harmonic on the fourth string, fifth fret (G). Finally, play a true tone on the first string (A), followed by a harp harmonic on the third string (C). AUDIO-FIG.2 FIG. 2

FIGURE 3 continues with harp harmonics on the second and first strings, then it reverses the pattern to descend. AUDIO-FIG.3 FIG. 3

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Now we will combine the ascending and descending portions into a triplet figure starting with the harmonic on the sixth string. Repeat FIGURE 4 until it sounds excellent! AUDIO-FIG.4 FIG. 4

This lesson is from: Harmonics: Guitar in the Style of Lenny Breau, Ted Greene, and Ralph Towner (Musicians Institute Press) by Jamie Findlay This pack covers: harp harmonics and natural harmonics; combining harmonics with hammers and pulls; using harmonics over chord progressions; and more. The CD includes 30 full-demo examples. Inventory # HL 695169. Book/CD pack $9.95 (US).

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