This comprehensive course was designed to focus solely on harmonics, 'Discover Harmonics for Advanced Players' teaches guitarists how to include harmonics as a mainstay in their performance through multiple genres. Guitarists will learn how to take a variety of harmonics including natural harmonics, artificial/harp harmonics, percussive harmonics and pinch harmonics to the next level using a range of fingering hand, strumming hand and picking techniques.
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This course explores how to use harmonics in solo guitar and band contexts on both acoustic and electric guitars. Watch your skills and musicality soar as you learn how to transform familiar lead lines, solos, chord progressions and compositions into fresh expressions as you discover new worlds of sound. Students will learn how to enhance their musical skills and performance with harmonics while opening up an entire new way of playing guitar.Begin the Course
Jeff Gunn takes an in-depth look at the world of harmonics. This course is designed for the intermediate to advanced player that is looking to spice up their playing with the addition of harmonics.
Our first lesson focuses on a variety of approaches to sounding natural harmonics at the 3 most common positions including the 12th, 7th and 5th frets.
Of course, some natural harmonic locations are not as common, and in this lesson Jeff explores how to sound natural harmonics in other positions including the 2nd, 4th, 9th, 19th frets and over the soundhole
Now let's take some of the natural harmonic locations we explored in the first two lessons and create a melodic passage from them, using Jeff's song 'Starlight'.
Artificial harmonics are all about getting used to certain distances on the guitar. In this lesson, we will explore the 12 fret, 7 fret and 5 fret distances required to sound artificial harmonics and the technique used to sound the harmonics.
Now that we have explored the various distances needed to sound artificial harmonics, will learn how to move between artificial harmonic strumming hand locations in order to develop a sense of fluidity in their movements and musicality.
Just like we did with natural harmonics, now let's create a melody using artificial harmonics. For this lesson, we will use Jeff's song 'Candle Lanterns'.
Let's up the challenge of creating melodies with artificial harmonics with Jeff's song 'Luminescence'.
Artificial harmonics can be used in a variety of different genres. Including pop music as Jeff demostrates here using his song 'The Key'.
Let's move into some percussive or 'slap' harmonics. This lesson gets you familiar with the technique, and gives you a few different ways to execute it as well!
Now take the percussive harmonic technique one step further by adding rhythmic accompaniment. Again, we will look at sounding locations at the 12th, 7th and 5th frets.
This techniques is acheived by executing a 'tapping' motion on a single string above your harmonic locations. Let's look at 12, 7 and 5th fret distances.
Now Jeff adds rhythmic accompaniment to the single string natural percussive harmonics. It's easy! Keep the beat while tapping on your harmonic locations.
Putting this technique to practical use now, Jeff explores how to create a melody using percussive natural harmonics by using his song, 'Beginnings'.
As you might have guessed, it's time to explore artificial percussive harmonics. We start by learning to execute them on a single string.
This lesson looks at achieving a smoothness and fluidity with your percussive artificial harmonics as you move between the various locations.
Time to add some rhythmic accompaniment to your percussive artificial harmonics. This will help you to integrate this technique into a more musical and song-like setting.
Not only can we play single notes with our percussive harmonics, but this technique works great on chords as well! Jeff also adds in some rhythmic accompaniment, to bring this to a more musical place.
Jeff uses his song 'Angelicus' to demonstrate how you can use percussive artificial harmonics to create melodies in songs.
Now let's switch over to the electric guitar! Using amp tone and effects can create a fantastic atmosphere in which percussive artificial harmonics really thrive! Jeff uses his song 'Stargazer' to demonstrate.
Pinch harmonics are generally associated with electric guitar, so let's stay on the electric! Jeff turns up the gain and demonstrates how to get these tricky harmonics to sound!
Not to say we can't sound pinch harmonics on acoustic guitar! Although a little harder to achieve, Jeff shows that playing pinch harmonics on acoustic is possible!
Pinch harmonics can add a lot of flavor to your riffs and solos. In this lesson, Jeff plays a few riffs on the electric using pinches along the way.
Can pinch harmonics be an element in your composing? Absolutely! Jeff shows us how we might purposefully use pinch harmonics when composing riffs or songs.
As we near the end of the course, let's put all of the techniques we've learned into one piece. Jeff's song 'Beginnings', serves as the vehicle for all of our harmonic techniques!
Of course, these techniques can also work on the electric guitar as well. In the last lesson of the series, Jeff shows us how to effectively play various harmonic techniques on electric, and how they can take on a new and exciting flavor!
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