Colonel Iain Scott is no faker but this issue he’s revealing how to play chords using artificial harmonics, also known as ‘harp’ harmonics.
Iain Scott shows how using artificial harmonics can add beauty to your chords and lines.
Anatural harmonic occurs most commonly when an open vibrating string is touched at the 12th, 7th or 5th fret. But harmonics can also be used when a note is fretted on the neck - we just have to locate them by moving up to the corresponding position of 12 or 7 frets above the fretted note. This is then called an ‘artificial harmonic’. Producing harmonics from five frets higher is also possible on open strings but on fretted notes it’s much more tricky, so most players use the 12 or 7-fret interval to create artificial harmonics.
Today therefore we will look at artificial harmonics played from 12 and seven frets above, and show how they can be combined with fretted notes to provide interesting chords and textures. Spending some time looking at artificial harmonics and natural harmonics (GT265) means you can really expand your playing by adding a new range of sounds to both chords and melodies. Players like Lenny Breau, Tommy Emmanuel and Chet Atkins are masters of the art.