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Okay, so
what we're gonna talk about now and
get into a little bit for
a brief little lesson here is
we're gonna go over harmonics and
a couple little harmonic bends
behind the note you can do.
And I'll use these at the like the ends
of songs and sometimes if something
gets a little spacey,
if we're doing something like an intro or
something like that,
you can use these harmonics.
What I'll show you first, I'll do
the seventh fret and the twelfth fret and
this works over E minor.
[MUSIC]
And what it is is I'm just gonna hit
extremely lightly on
the top of the string.
[MUSIC]
And then release.
[SOUND] And that creates a harmonic and
you've got them on the fifth fret,
[SOUND] seventh, [SOUND] twelfth,
[SOUND] and, [SOUND] what is that?
Twelfth, fifteenth,
seventh, nineteenth,
the nineteenth fret, so,
[MUSIC]
sO the nineteenth and
the seventh are the same, [SOUND] and
then you've even got some,
[MUSIC]
all the way up there.
So what we do here on the seventh and
the twelfth, you can do this
thing where you're going E,
[SOUND] D, A, G, D, B, G, E.
So we're going here, here, so
we're skipping a string every time.
We're going G to D,
A to G, a D to B, G to E.
So we're going,
[MUSIC]
excuse me,
[MUSIC]
and you kind of grab the neck and
pull a little bit, don't break it but
just pull a little get a little
bit vibrato out of there.
So,
[MUSIC]
so I use those for different things.
[MUSIC]
It's fun to experiment with those because
there's a lot of different melodies
that you can find with those.
And you can do things, like if you're
holding G, you can hold your pick, and
do these harmonics like Chet Atkins and
Lenny Bro,
you should do your outline
the G chord with the harmonics.
So,
[MUSIC]
that's also something
that I don't do very often but
you can do that if you
get into that sound.
So another thing here like this harmonic,
[MUSIC]
I'm just using my first finger and
my little finger.
[MUSIC]
And I'm trying to keep that span open and
I can wrap back and forth,
[MUSIC]
and keep that going.
So that works over E minor really well.
It also works over D, so
watch this so here's D.
[MUSIC]
Because that's an F sharp harmonic, so
that ends up on your major third of D.
So you got,
[MUSIC]
and there's our first behind the bend,
button up bend.
So,
[MUSIC]
with the harmonics.
So that's a good thing you can do.
So watch, here's a couple behind
the nut bins with the harmonics.
So what you can do is if you're in G,
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so this is your G harmonic triad
right here,
[MUSIC]
so when you hit this,
[MUSIC]
you can bend up,
[MUSIC]
so that's pretty interesting.
[MUSIC]
So
when you go to D,
[MUSIC]
so you can do that,
you can do here.
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So a couple of little different
things you can do there just for fun.
Here's one in A,
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here's E.
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And if you have a lot of overdrive on it,
and you're playing some rock music,
[MUSIC]
that'll work better on those.
But there's some kind of interesting
things you can do with harmonics.
And these also work really
well in E minor too.
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So if you're
in E minor,
[MUSIC]
so here's E minor.
[MUSIC]
Those work really well over E minor too.
So there's some harmonics and
behind that up bends for you and
we're gonna move on to some
other little lessons here.
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