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[MUSIC]
Harmonics are a,
kind of a fun thing to add to your
repertoire of things you can do.
Sometimes they're called chimes, and they
sound like this.
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And
you can find them in various parts of the
neck.
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In the various tunes like Bugel Call Rag
that people use the harmonics on.
I wanna add these just to get you started
on the Old Cat Died.
Instead of going.
[MUSIC] You can go.
[MUSIC]
Gives you the same notes, and
where we're gonna find these notes are
right here at the 12th fret.
And when I say the 12th fret, I don't mean
just behind the fret where'd you ordinary,
ordinarily fret the note.
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But, right actually on top of the fret.
[MUSIC]
And the 12th fret is the dividing line.
Of the string between the bridge down
here, and the nut up here.
It's the halfway point.
[MUSIC]
And
you get this real nice as I said chiming
sound there.
What we're doing since we're dealing with
quarter notes here, in An Old Cat Died.
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When we hit the harmonic,
I use the middle finger sometimes.
Sometimes I use the ring finger.
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Here I'm using
the ring finger actually, in this case.
And the, the important thing is when
you're doing quarter notes.
[MUSIC]
Let go as soon as you hit the note.
[MUSIC]
You'll get a better chime sound,
if you're keep the note, if you keep the
finger down.
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It sounds okay, but
it's a little more damp.
So.
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And this is, in a sense,
another example of separation of notes.
[MUSIC]
Now I'm using the middle finger on
the first string, and the index on the
second string.
So I'll play the whole thing twice through
and add the harmonics,
harmonics the second time so you can get
the feel of how it sounds in context.
[MUSIC]
There are other places to find harmonics
also.
At the 5th fret.
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You could do it there also.
It's up an octave, whole scale higher.
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There are also harmonics at the 7th fret.
[MUSIC]
And
then you can find other harmonics besides
that.
At the 9th fret they're not as strong.
[MUSIC]
There's your B chord.
But, here at the 12th fret it's G.
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At the 7th fret it's D.
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And back to G here.
But then there are other harmonics you can
just explore on your own.
Here with the 4th fret.
[MUSIC]
Just kind of touch your finger
along the way.
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This has to do with the overtone series,
which I'm not gonna get into, but
you could check that out at some point if
you're interested.
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And you can also find harmonics up here.
[MUSIC]
I'm
just hitting on the third string right
now.
Another thing harmonics are useful for is
tuning.
If you have one of these tuners here,
sometimes when we hit the string, they're
not always as sensitive as, tuners are not
always as sensitive as they might be.
And sometimes, you'll hit a note.
[MUSIC]
And you really won't get it read on the,
on the screen here.
But if you hit the harmonic.
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Oftentimes you'll get a better reading,
than you will the actual note.
[MUSIC]
So, and
I just, I just do this at the 12th fret.
So it's another thing to think about.
Harmonics.
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