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    Help with pinch harmonics

    I can't seem to nail them very well at all!! LOL

    Do you need to pulverize the distortion level to get them to work?

    Is it my guitar's setup?

    ...or can someone help me with technique? I always hear the same..fleshy part of your picking thumb kinda deal...is there other ways to pull them off?

    what about string gauge? easier to do with heavier strings?

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    You don't need to "pulverize the distortion level" to get them to work. Although a hotter signal will enhance it.

    It's location for one. I use the pickups for location reference. Move up and down the string to find "the sweet spots".
    Try choking up on the pick more and turning the picking direction....Make sense??

    Also, try using a thinner pick and use the G string while fretting around the 5th fret for starters....You'll get it.
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    I agree with axebrian. I also find that higher gain levels help. Also, on my guitar, I get better harmonics all around when I have the pickup switch set to the bridge pickup. The neck pickup tends to deaden harmonics.
    Finally, just keep practicing. Find the sweet spots. 3rd/5th/7th/9th/12th frets work really well for me, especially the 3rd.
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    I teach guitar and I notice that a lot of people have trouble getting the pinch harmonics the first time but once they get them they have no problem. It's kind of like riding a bike. You have to keep trying and then one day you are there.

    To get the pinch harmonic you have to have your index fingernail hitting the string at the same time as the pick but slightly behind the pick. You can actually use a different fingernail - like ring finger, but it is much easier in my opinion to just use the nail of the finger that is holding the pick. For EVH I guess this would be his middle finger but for most players this is thier index finger.

    So just pick a note with your pick and fingernail hitting the string at the same time and they should start to come out.

    You can also try putting down the pick and playing with just your right hand finger nail and see if you can get them. Hold your right hand as if you had the pick in your hand but play without the pick and use your fingernail to pick the note. You do this in an opposite direction as you would normal finger picking. This is kind of hard to describe in a post but maybe this will help you.

    It is the fingernail slightly behind the pick hitting the string at exactly the same time that gets the pinch harmonics to sound out.

    I agree that the bridge pickup and heavier gain make these a little easier to hear.

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    I used to think doing pinch harmonics were cool to do until I heard Zakk Wylde do them every 3 seconds throughout his songs. It's just one of those things you have to work on... I don't have any fingernails long enough to touch the strings when I play and I'm able to hit them at any given moment. I guess it's just a matter of style.
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    I'm not to sure about using the finger nail. I just choke way up on the pick and get my thumb in it and just drag it down. The string shouldn't vibrate like if you just plucked it regular. The best spot to pick it, I find, is somewhere in between the pickups. Vibrato also kinda helps I think. I find some guitars get them easier then others.

 

 

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