What Finally Made PINCH HARMONICS Click For Me (aka Artificial Harmonics/Squeals)

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Struggled and struggled with Pinch Harmonics, and then bam! they finally made sense. Hope it helps you too.
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David McGlone
David McGlone 13 ժամ առաջ
Pinch harmonics came easy for me for some reason. I'm still having problems playing the guitar though. lol
O.G.Moose 14 ժամ առաջ
"Whoa, I just did it sort of" 2:42 Worth the wait. hahah I laughed so much dude, good one.
DollBull Gaming
DollBull Gaming Օր առաջ
The best...
casey luksch
casey luksch Օր առաջ
Wow always knew how to do it from doing it now I know what to call it
Mizzdr111 Օր առաջ
Learned the exact same technique from the magazines never really did anything much with it because I never really put any discipline or practice into it to sound like the song in the beginning of the video, Van Halen ,Satriani or Vai, The real trick here is to learn the actual notes that the pinches produce ,on different areas of the string, Night Ranger did some cool stuff with it as well...
Philip Taylor
Philip Taylor Օր առաջ
Ryan Bolin
Ryan Bolin Օր առաջ
I love John Cusack and his hobbies
Theron Kayl
Theron Kayl Օր առաջ
Oh my god thank you so much!!!!
キツネ鬼 Օր առաջ
what's name this song in intro
Ant Sid
Ant Sid Օր առաջ
Great Video,thank you
Wilson Cardoza
Wilson Cardoza Օր առաջ
Cool, I'll try it tonight. Thanks.
Estefan Kanara
Estefan Kanara Օր առաջ
I stumbled upon it randomly and spent the rest of the day trying to do it again then my friend told me what it was years later.
Rachel Starr
Rachel Starr 2 օր առաջ
I honestly accidentally did a pinch harmonic and it’s been all down hill since then
Red Eagle Trapping Red
Red Eagle Trapping Red 2 օր առաջ
Gotta ask ,how loud does the amp need to be I have been playing years and never mastered pinch harmonics I get infrequent results and everything described works for me except on demand lol but say when trying these I know gain needs to be up but where should volume? Or does volume not matter
Alex Smith
Alex Smith 2 օր առաջ
Still cant get it 🤣 gonna rewatch it.
Charlie Bags
Charlie Bags 2 օր առաջ
Very good it would help me
Mike Marti
Mike Marti 2 օր առաջ
I am an old drummer “not a good one“ but still, I love music. I’ve been especially fascinated with the electric guitar, and what you did was totally awesome. I don’t know how to play the guitar but I do love that sound.
Cory Roberts
Cory Roberts 2 օր առաջ
Thanks for the tips! Can't wait to get started but it's 6 am in Texas and I probably should wait a couple hours 🤘
Dennis James
Dennis James 2 օր առաջ
Kevin Bosshart
Kevin Bosshart 2 օր առաջ
I've been trying to get this sound for a couple weeks now. Thank you for showing how. (I haven't tried it at the time of this comment but I will)
Dylan Howard
Dylan Howard 2 օր առաջ
Does anyone else pinch harmonic on an upstroke?
Adam Credit
Adam Credit 2 օր առաջ
What made pinch harmonics click for me was doing it on accident
Joseph Zdyrski - Improv Musician Guitarist
Joseph Zdyrski - Improv Musician Guitarist 2 օր առաջ
Someone showed me how when I was a young teenager.... I had no idea it was so confusing for so many people.
William Whitman
William Whitman 3 օր առաջ
Thank you for sharing that.
Conger Scott
Conger Scott 3 օր առաջ
Great lesson, thanks 🎸👍.
Dan Banks
Dan Banks 3 օր առաջ
I've always done them differently - I pick regularly but rest my 4th finger (one next to my pinky) on the string as I pick. I couldn't ever figure out how to do it with my thumb from reading guitar magazines either.
satej mulick
satej mulick 3 օր առաջ
Szeptun 3 օր առաջ
I never learnt how to do pinch harmonics with my finger, by accident I learned them doing with my... palm :D I need to move my hand a bit, but I got so used to this I don't notice this at all. I don't recommend it, you should learn this doing proper way.
NIOM GAMERX 3 օր առաջ
i too got my pinch harmonics by side of my thumb lol tho ik how to pinch harmonics still i watched ur video just timepassing lol
YouTuber de Anime - O Anituber
YouTuber de Anime - O Anituber 3 օր առաջ
Just to say, I did the exact same process as you to learn the pinch harmonics. Lol. That whas 10 years ago
John Strausser
John Strausser 3 օր առաջ
I've learned pulling down on the string with your fret hand helps like a vibrato of it that makes it easier to
YesItsReallyKeith 3 օր առաջ
cool ! thanks
ABVW92 3 օր առաջ
I'll help everyone a little more, as it wasn't covered in this video. Your pickups play a part in where you have to pinch for the harmonic to ring out. I've found (for me atleast) it's much easier with humbuckers than single coils, and when you are learning, experiment with hand position. When I first started, I would sorta hit the right place, but could never get it perfect, after watching other people play I noticed that not just how they were holding the pick, but how they were positioning their hand would also make a difference.
Andrew Gray
Andrew Gray 3 օր առաջ
Thanks for this.
Keath Mueller
Keath Mueller 3 օր առաջ
Awesome video, that was very helpful! I'll have to share this with my friend.
Francesco Ferrara
Francesco Ferrara 4 օր առաջ
i dont even remember how i learned it, too much time passed ahah
blanche starbong
blanche starbong 4 օր առաջ
The guy playing a JEM guitar. Sweep arpeggios next?
Van0258 4 օր առաջ
before watching this video I learned the exact same way
Ryle R6
Ryle R6 4 օր առաջ
I was like that when i first discover pinch harmonics
rocksta 4 օր առաջ
you're a mix of Markiplier with Kazuma Kiryu
Zep Floyd
Zep Floyd 4 օր առաջ
1. ALWAYS use the bridge pickup, it's way easier that way. 2. As you change the fret position on the left hand, you also have to change the spot where you hit the string with your right hand. Think of it just like a regular harmonic, the only difference being that you're producing the sound with your right hand, instead of your left hand.
Jack Finch
Jack Finch 4 օր առաջ
You gave me it now I got learn it
Gurro Gurro
Gurro Gurro 4 օր առաջ
Great video
Duncan McCockiner
Duncan McCockiner 4 օր առաջ
When I was a teen in the late eighties, I learned most of my best guitar stuff by complete dumb luck.
Muz Lee
Muz Lee 4 օր առաջ
Wow I do it totally differently. And it only took me a year to figure it out
Zero Fret
Zero Fret 4 օր առաջ
This is crazy, I have the exact same sticker on my bass.
JDines 4 օր առաջ
The word you were looking for is "epiphany" ... The actual word which refers to an "Aha moment."
MaddyK Mad
MaddyK Mad 4 օր առաջ
Damn! I am doing the same way, i also found it by mistake while practice but i carried on doing this even i thought it was wrong method but now i feel relief.
Craig Lonesky
Craig Lonesky 4 օր առաջ
OMG LIKE 10 MINUTES IN I GOT IT! Now the real fun begins lol
anonamatron 4 օր առաջ
I haven't touched a guitar in many years unfortunately, but I used to do pinches by kind of doing a twist with the pick.. like on the thicker strings I was sort of scraping across the texture of the string a bit. That usually worked. Probably made my finger hit the string a little while doing that twist.
Robert Z
Robert Z 4 օր առաջ
Another great lesson. This channel does a lot to help my playing, thank you!
Litego 4 օր առաջ
I found it easier to dived the string into fractions, more fractions you'll make between the bridge and your fretting finger with your thumb = higher pitch. Also more fractions requires higher precision to pull it off. But looking at it like this your can tell exactly which fret to pinch to get the harmonic.
Thomas Goff
Thomas Goff 4 օր առաջ
I think Hendrix played a pinch harmonic on the last note from his solo on "Are You Experience?"
MagnateMan 5 օր առաջ
Song name: Cementary gates by PANTERA
Paulo Korel
Paulo Korel 5 օր առաջ
For me it was always harder to do on the lower strings
usernameiphone3gkid 5 օր առաջ
Fuck whats the song in the first 10 seconds? I forgot
jimbobur 5 օր առաջ
I've been trying for ages and I kinda get a harmonic or something when I touch the string very gently and briefly after plucking, but it doesn't sound anything like as high pitched or sqeally as when you do it in the video. EDIT: I'VE CRACKED IT! In case anyone has the same guitar pickup arrangement as me (one humbucker at the neck, one at the bridge), switch your pickup selector to the bridge only. I did it and all of a sudden I started finding the pinch harmonics.
David Bartholf
David Bartholf 5 օր առաջ
I actually stumbled onto pretty much the same technique when I was trying to teach myself pinch harmonics. I was using my middle finger to sort of "pinch" the string between it and my pick. So kinda like artificial harmonics on a classical guitar, but between the pickups. I still sometimes play them that way.
Allen Lark
Allen Lark 5 օր առաջ
So there's no actual pinching??? It's just regular touch harmonics. I'm so mad. I thought there was some magic mechanical thing I didn't understand. If I had known it was just regular harmonics but on the right hand...
phoenixjim0527 5 օր առաջ
This made me look up “La Grange” live by ZZ Top. Earliest song I can think of featuring pinch harmonics. am-posts.info/list/tqiW3X-alnnPhnY/video
Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh 5 օր առաջ
lol I love those squeals on a tuned down guitar. Chimaira had those grimey riffs using harmonics and squeals.
ian sam
ian sam 5 օր առաջ
Kid looks young, didn’t have internet back in the dat, wats yur secret sir.?????
Tarn1981 Tarn
Tarn1981 Tarn 5 օր առաջ
I learned purely by accident
Alexander Franzen
Alexander Franzen 5 օր առաջ
2:43 thats exactly what i say to myself when I can get through my 12 hour shift at work and not start crying mid shift.
DrumWild 5 օր առաջ
I learned it by accident. Then again, that's how we learned everything in the 70s.
Harcix 5 օր առաջ
Thumbs up from zakk wylde
Vince 5 օր առաջ
I too had to learn pinch harmonic before the internet age, and actually everything. We had VHS videos, tabs and tips on guitar world or other magazines. Young guitarists are blessed now to have the internet and grat teachers such as yourself to learn from.
Johnny Namechanger
Johnny Namechanger 5 օր առաջ
I learned it by accident and mastered it quickly. However, I almost never use it and I really hate the way Zakk Wylde overuses it. It's great in the opening riff of this video, though, which I think is Randy Rhoads. He used it sparingly and tastefully.
responsibleparty 5 օր առաջ
I do basically the same technique but hit the string with my middle finger.
All Guitar
All Guitar 6 օր առաջ
Placement on where you pick
Paul Naas
Paul Naas 6 օր առաջ
Looking forward to giving this a try.
Rob 6 օր առաջ
Never take a lead that’s live out of yo guitar.
Tobias FL
Tobias FL 6 օր առաջ
Waiting for my first elektric guitar in the Mail. Really excited to learn these things
Wily Khiangte
Wily Khiangte 6 օր առաջ
what is the song name of the i tro plss ,,,,i like this vid
OG1USA 6 օր առաջ
I discovered this technique from watch EVH do his thing. You can hear and learn new stuff from both electric guitar and acoustic. I love to use my Martin to hear subtle tones by using my three fingers to affect what I have picked at.
Nick Fuentes
Nick Fuentes 6 օր առաջ
I dont remember how I actually learned. I know it wasnt the internet(youtube). its most likely just from watching, thats how I learn, even till this day.
Trace zach daniels
Trace zach daniels 6 օր առաջ
SO SHWEEEETTT...much love Tee with LIONS NAMED LEO.[the music worldwide} yes....cool..
andreas newitsch
andreas newitsch 6 օր առաջ
Neat never knew that.
Hectic Hive
Hectic Hive 6 օր առաջ
It’s killing me! What is the name of the first song! It’s on the tip of my tongue! This always happens!!
LoneWolfes 6 օր առաջ
Do you still use a compressor or not to achieve this technique?
grateshirt ironer
grateshirt ironer 6 օր առաջ
I'm a physicist, and in physics, there is the idea of a thing called 'a standing wave". There are two types- one, like sound, where there is an oscillation in pressure (longitudinal), and the other, like a string, bouncing up and down (transverse). Just google the bracketed terms to see diagrams of what I'm talking about, you'll get it when you see it. I had never heard of pinch harmonics before, but based on my understanding of transverse waves, and running my guitar through a spectrum analyser, I could see the fundamental frequency (the note being played), as well as several harmonic frequencies above it. I figured, "well, if the first harmonic has a node at the center of the string, and the fundamental frequency doesn't, then if I place my finger on that node, then the oscillation of the fundamental frequency will cease, and the net displacement of the string at the node is zero, so I should hear the first harmonic only". Of course, the some nodes of the upper harmonics don't align, so you can pick and choose which ones you want based on the location of your finger. And that is how I learnt how to use pinch harmonics. Usually only use it to adjust intonation.
Liege of Shadows
Liege of Shadows Օր առաջ
Yeah. What I understood of that made sense. The difference between a "bright" sound and a "dark" sound is how loud those upper frequencies are. With a dark sound, you're limiting the volume of those higher harmonics in the fundamental sound. A bright sound opens up those higher harmonics. So, "bright" kind of just means "more frequencies" in this context. In addition to what you said, a pinch harmonic essentially limits the lower frequencies manually. While I wouldn't consider it "bright" because it's limiting sound, it's taking those higher tones and bringing them to the forefront of what is audible.
Jeremy Freesemann
Jeremy Freesemann 6 օր առաջ
This Intro song is it an original? Sounds sooo nice
ReconSniper 6 օր առաջ
very beautiful Ibanez Jem
HCkev 6 օր առաջ
I figured out how to make pinch harmonics a while ago, but for some reason it's a technique I never managed to master, after years it's still hit and miss, half of the time I'll get it to sound perfect but other times it either sounds like a normal note(not enough thumb) or will be too muted(too much thumb). It also depend where I do them, for some reason I struggle with the low 6th string. I guess it has something to do with the way I hold my pick, I always used a 3-fingers grip, similar to James Hetfield
Nick Monaco
Nick Monaco 6 օր առաջ
I have been struggling with pinch harmonics for years now and within a few minutes of applying your technique, I was able to consistently get squealies all over the fretboard . Thank you very much !
Max.Pedals 6 օր առաջ
Thanks for sharing the lightbulb moment with us! I never tried with the side of my thumb and as soon as you showed that I could nail it! Pinch harmonics have never been that easy!!
S Y K O - C
S Y K O - C 6 օր առաջ
Whats song at beginning?
Brindle Chihuahua
Brindle Chihuahua 6 օր առաջ
Well ive been watching Paul Gilbert shred and I've been shredding too now thanks to Paul Gilbert now I need to learn pinch harmonics and tritones.
Will 7 օր առաջ
Randy Donaghy
Randy Donaghy 7 օր առաջ
How about a pinched loaf
Joakim Engeset
Joakim Engeset 7 օր առաջ
I could never get the pinch harmonic with my thumb, I like doing it by folding in my middle finger and using the last knuckle instead. I find it easier to get the sweet spot for a pinch harmonic for any fret that way
Not Found
Not Found 7 օր առաջ
how many paused around 3:00 and reached for their axe? (assuming that you weren't on the can...)
Aketza 7 օր առաջ
How it's called the song that you play in the intro???
Phantom Dave
Phantom Dave 7 օր առաջ
oh this answers a lot of questions and bewilderments , thank you so much for doing this.
Dan Larkin
Dan Larkin 7 օր առաջ
This is LITERALLY how I learned it too! Accidentally bumped the string, and I was like "oh my God. This is it! I just have to pick and do this at the same time!" It's interesting that you learned it this way too.
Chenaniah May
Chenaniah May 7 օր առաջ
Daniel Ribas Tandeitnik
Daniel Ribas Tandeitnik 7 օր առաջ
I don't know if it's related, but there are spots where you can do harmonics right in front of the middle of the guitar's body. For an acoustic guitar, these spots are somewhere in the middle of the sounding hole. It's easy to find them; just try to do harmonics (as you might do on the 12th fret) in different spots until you find them. By the way, great video! I'll surely try today! There's an AC/DC solo (You Shook Me) where you need to use pinch harmonics, and I was never able to pull them off, so I simply played the fretted note with no harmonic :-/ Time to level up!
Slade Deville
Slade Deville 7 օր առաջ
I Just choke up on the pick so my thumb naturally grazed the string. That might be what you're saying but yeah just choke up on the pick to where the pick is barely sticking out. Once you get used to it you'll be able to manipulate the position of your thumb more easily and won't have to choke up on the pick as much 👌
Hunter Bryan
Hunter Bryan 7 օր առաջ
This has definitely got me and my pinch harmonic technique better and more normal looking.
Jake Johnson
Jake Johnson 7 օր առաջ
Dimebag on the into and no props to the man on your favorite guitar players?! Come on bro the guy was a legend! :P
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