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How to Play Harmonics On Guitar (Guitar Harmonics)

In this guitar lesson, Colin will teach you how to play harmonics on your guitar. If you don’t know what guitar harmonics sound like, then play the video, and you’ll find out. One song that I always think of regarding harmonics is Summer Song by Joe Satriani. He uses them a fair bit in the beginning part, although if you listen closely you’ll find harmonics being used in all different genres and all different styles of music.

The most common places to find harmonics on your guitar are the 5th, 7th, and 12th frets, as well as the octaves of those (ie 17th, 19th, and 24th frets).

Harmonics work best on amplified electric guitars, however you can make them work on an acoustic as well, it’s just harder to hear them as the amplification really helps on the electric. Using distortion further amplifies their sound as well. This is one of those handy guitar techniques it is nice to have at your disposal, it can add some extra spice in certain situations, although you certainly don’t want to use it all the time. A little spice is nice… to much and you get accused of being a bad cook! 🙂

Ok, grab your guitar, and let’s learn how to play some guitar harmonic!

Guitar Harmonics:

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Hammer On Guitar Tips

Some of you have asked me how to do a hammer on guitar, so this lesson is going to address that.

A hammer on is very simply hitting a guitar string without plucking or picking it at the same time. So you’re just using your left hand for this one. It is a fairly simple technique, but you can use it in some very advanced ways once you’ve got the hang of it.

Hammer on guitar riffs sound pretty cool, and you can also use hammer ons to throw in chromatic passing notes all over the place. Hammer ons are very often used in conjunction with pull offs, which is a related, but separate technique. Try practicing each technique on its own, and then combining them.

Definitely something worth practicing and mastering…

Side note – if you really want to master hammer on guitar riffs, along with pulloffs, string stretching and all those other cool techniques, I highly recommend checking out the Riff Ninja Academy free trial – once inside checkout the “Essential Guitar Techniques” section, as there are in depth videos on each of these techniques.

Hammer On Guitar Tips:

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