Guitar basics: Natural harmonics

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Natural harmonics produce a chiming sound that lots of players use in their music. They are produced by placing your fingers lightly directly over the frets and can add contrast to a rhythm part, accent notes in a heavy riff or create screaming divebombs.

This video lesson shows you how to locate the most common (and easiest to play) natural harmonics and shows you how to play them correctly.

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The guitar featured in this video is a Spear Gladius SP Hardtail.

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Natural harmonics tab 1

Example (click image above for full-sized tab) - You'll need to place your fingers accurately to get the harmonics to ring out properly.

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