Can any of you guitar players tell me how to do pinch harmonics? At least I believe that what its called. Its the high pitch note the Zakk Wylde uses a lot and so does Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage especially on "When Darkness Falls". Any help would be appreciated.
Okay here goes haha...
it just so happens i just finished teaching my guitar student how to do this!
depending on how you hold your pick, and the angle in which it is held, AND the type of pick you use can greatly affect the ease of your pinch harmonics...
First you need to find the "nodes" of where the pinch harmonics are to be played. You achive this by playing a natural harmonic (lightly touching string with fret hand, and then picking) all the way down the neck, accross your pick ups down to your bridge. (imagining invisible frets.) The space in which your pick ups line up are usually good indicators of where they are located, (you will need to mess with it a bit to find the exact locations. you will notice these harmonics sound the same as the ones played at the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th frets. This is because harmonics repeat in the same pattern all the way down the strings
Go slowly, memorize these locations between the end of neck to front of bridge.
Now that you know WHERE the harmonics are located, comes the tricky part the pick hand...
With your pick in between your thumb and index finger pick the string at the location of one of these "nodes" and let your thumb barely touch it. i mean barely! do the motion slow as if you were trying to do a natural harmonic with your pick hand thumb. Once you get how much pressure is needed to create the hamonic with your thumb, pick the string and grace the string at the same time with your thumb. It takes time! Lots of time! Be patient with it. Once you get it down in one fluid motion mess with different locations of nodes and memorize them.
Once youve mastered this, you can add tricks like bending the note and pinching, doing dive bombs off of one handed pinch harmonics (ala Dime Bag)
all kinds of awesome stuff...
Like i said this will take time and patience, but mess with it til you get it.
Try difrent picks too, sometimes that helps!
I use Jazz 3's thos are my favs....
Try all strings, the heaviest ones will resonate with practice, but start off on the G string, and D string. try fretting the 7th fret and PH the strings, then try the 14th fret, and trying, youll notice that with every change in fret the postion of your pinch harmonic varies a lil, so you learn to get it by feel...
Hope this helps a little... any questions PM me bro! Good luck