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rony31

Team Captain
my cousin has an electric guitar, and I tried playing it the past 2 days... **** it's so hard to get used to it... all I know how to play is a few 5-10 second bits from SOAD's Spiders :( and I cant even play them all that well :chew:
 

nird

Senior Squad
I feel that electric guitars are quite easy to get used to. a lot easier to play then acoustic guitars imo. but that might just be me though...
 

Seán D

fm prodigy
nird said:
I feel that electric guitars are quite easy to get used to. a lot easier to play then acoustic guitars imo. but that might just be me though...
i find acoustics a bit more difficult. i just bought an acoustic simulator pedal which works great.
 

Seán D

fm prodigy
it does sound like an acoustic. not perfect, but you get a real good sound. i bought the BOSS Acoustic SImulator pedal, didn't cost that much and it is real good and handy. i switch between distortion, clean and acoustic just by using my pedals, real good.
 

Funky--K

Starting XI
guys, can anyone please find me the name of Eros Ramazzotti's guitarist?

it's a chick! i saw her on his new video and i think i'm in love, man (H)

i searched all over the place, but can't find the name
 

Seán D

fm prodigy
i tought it'd be easy to find, but i was wrong :S couldn't find it, not through lack of trying.

i recommend you go to a live show, run on stage, grab her, and abduct her! :D seriously joking :D
 

nird

Senior Squad
tried to find it mate, but when I google it all that comes up are these italian pages and I don't do italian...sorry
 

nird

Senior Squad
hey, guys, what makes the harmonics only work over the 12th fret? why won't it sound like that over any other? except slightly over the fith..does anyone know?
 

PhiLLer

Fan Favourite
nird said:
hey, guys, what makes the harmonics only work over the 12th fret? why won't it sound like that over any other? except slightly over the fith..does anyone know?

Harmonics works on every fret, it's just that some are a lot harder to get than others. Harmonics works best on 12th, 7th and 5th (in that order - by the way, this is not a fact but my opinion :p). But besides those three harmonics can be achieved on any fret but it is quite hard to get them to sound clear.
Obviously it helps when you lift off you're finger just after hitting the string, it's kinda hard to explain but give it a try and you should know what I mean.

I saw a lesson on harmonics somewhere on the internet, I'll see if I can find it for you.
 

PhiLLer

Fan Favourite
It's physics, mate. To do with the vibration of the string.

If you play a harmonic tone on the 12th fret the string is divided into 2 parts that vibrate with one node (non-vibrating point, ie. 12th fret). You can check this by playing a harmonic on the 12th. You'll notice that on the 12th fret the string doesn't vibrate but it does vibrate up towards the neck and near the soundhole.
Now if you play a harmonic on the 7th fret, you're dividing the string into 3 parts with 2 nodes, ie. you get a slightly lesser sound.
Playing harmonics on the 5th is same principle but now you're diving the string into four, with 3 nodes (non-vibrating points) resulting in even lesser harmonic etc.
If you play harmonic on the 8th fret then you don't have a "clean" set of nodes (ie 1 node, 2 nodes, 3 nodes) but you'll get 1.5 nodes (1.5 is just an example), and that's why you hear even less when fretting those harmonics.

Hope that makes some sense :p
 

nird

Senior Squad
hahaha :funny: holy crap, that was awesome :wootman: . I just tried it, what you described and the string vibrated all over except right over the 12th fret. Man, I never noticed that. that gotta be the coolest ting i've seen so far this year. totally weird. Jesus christ, I can't get over it. really fascinating. (i might sound ironic, but i'm not ;)).

it made a lot of sense, thanks man!
 

nird

Senior Squad
it's easy

hold your finger so that it slightly touches the string, then pluck it and release the finger. easy peasy, japanesy (sp.?)
 

GoldenSpike

Reserve Team
How are people on Pinched harmonics? It took me about 6 months to actually do one, but still after all these years its very hard to master, I can get one while playing about 80% of the time, but sometimes it requires a 2nd attempt! How do you all fare with them?
 

mhflierman

Starting XI
They're though indeed. Listen to Zakk Wylde, he uses them way too often, but certainly knows how to play 'em. Having said that, playing through active EMG pickups certainly helps.
 


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