CHORD CAMP

This month, res­i­dent reg­i­men­tal sergeant ma­jor Iain Scott adds some flavour into his chord pro­gres­sions with a look at nat­u­ral har­mon­ics.

Guitar Techniques - - CONTENTS -

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.

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