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Any of a series of musical tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the frequency of a fundamental tone.
A pinch harmonic is a sound you make by picking the guitar string and lightly touching it with the underside of your thumb while hitting a note. It makes the note you picked \\\"scream\\\" in a higher pitch sound.
After the harmonic was picked you bend the note on the fretboard with your finger foward and back in a fast motion.
SETTING UP YOUR INSTRUMENT
Firstly you need a kick ass guitar such as a Jackson, ESP, Schecter, Gibson, Fender, or anyother brands that arent from Wal-mart.
If you bought a cheap guitar such as ESP LTD h-50 you are going to want to upgrade the pick-ups to either a Seymour Duncan or an EMG. Active pick-ups are best and remeber that the bridge pickup is the more important one. (I only upgraded my bridge)
Duncan Designed Pick-ups ^^^
After you have you guitar set up you want to put some gain on your amp and turn on the distortion. (this helps the pinch harmonic sound more present)
HOW TO HOLD THE PICK
Hold it so that you thumb is about 1.5mm above the bottom tip of the pic at a relaxed postion. Press down firmly on your thumb. Your thumb should flatten a bit and go towards the bottom of the pic. When hitting normal notes keep it relaxed and when the harmonic comes up press down so that your thumb widends to about .30mm under the bottom of the pic. The harmonic should be present.
Hold thumb a bit lower than this picture^
Here are two pictures showing how to pic the harmonic from the bridge
(sorry for the quality)
MAKE IT SHREIK
To make the harmonic scream, hence pinch harmonic, you will heve to bend the note on the fretboard. Bend it from a half bend to a full, rocking back and forth in both directions at the speed of your choice.
Follow these directions and you should be able to do a pinch harmonic. Don\\\’t get impatent though, it might take some practice to get it down but once you got it it\\\’ll be pretty easy.
If you don\\\’t know what a pinch harmonic sounds like just search it up on Youtube.