Essentials Lesson: Harmonics (TG222)

Natural, artificial and pinched harmonics explained

Expand your arsenal of expressive techniques as TG shows you how to master three different kinds of guitar harmonics.

Pick up Total Guitar issue 222 (on sale 28 November to 27 December) for the accompanying tab and explanation.

Example One: Natural Harmonics

Example Two: Natural Harmonics Lick

Example Three: Artificial Harmonics

Example Four: Artificial Harmonics Lick

Example Five: Pinched Harmonics

Example Six: Pinched Harmonics Lick

Tutor: Chris Bird
Videographer: Martin Holmes

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