This month, resident regimental sergeant major Iain Scott adds some flavour into his chord progressions with a look at natural harmonics.
Iain Scott shows how using natural harmonics can bring life to your chords and progressions.
Anatural harmonic happens when an open string is stopped on a node point and produces a higher harmonic pitch. These nodes occur most easily on a guitar string at the 12th, 7th and 5th frets where you can touch the string right over the fret wire and it produces a strong harmonic.
But they also occur at other node points as you move down the string past the 5th fret towards the nut, but these are harder to find. Even so, many players have exploited them by using overdrive with the bridge pickup, as these appraoches help to bring these more tricky-to-find harmonics to the fore.
Today we will be looking at the natural harmonics from the 12th, 7th and 5th frets and showing how they can be combined with fretted notes to provide interesting chords and textures in chord progressions. You should, of course, take these exercises as examples of what can be done with this technique, then apply the principles to chords and sequences you already know. Better still, use harmonics to create something new.