Playing Tips: Derek Trucks on Incorporating Harmonics Into Your Slide Playing
The Allman Brothers guitarist gives advice on natural and artificial harmonics in slide playing.
In this bite-sized lesson, Derek Trucks gives you some insights on incorporating natural and artificial harmonics into your slide lines.
From Derek: "I learned this technique from the sacred steel players. Using harmonics is a great way to get a phrase to jump out of the mix, especially when playing live.
"There are two types of harmonics: artificial harmonics [A.H.], which are sounded from “fretted” notes, and natural harmonics [N.H.], which are sounded from open strings. In this lick [FIGURE 5a], I generate an artificial harmonic by placing the slide on the high E string at the eighth fret while simultaneously picking the string and lightly touching it with my pick-hand index finger exactly 12 frets higher, directly above the 20th fret. The result is an artificial harmonic that sounds one octave higher than the original note.
"In this lick [FIGURE 5b], I start with a natural harmonic that’s sounded by lightly touching the high E string at the 12th fret while picking it conventionally. This produces a harmonic one octave higher than the open string. I then begin with the slide from behind the nut and quickly slide up to the 17th fret so that it raises the pitch of the harmonic."
For more from this lesson, pick up our Play Like a Guitar Wizard special issue — which also includes lessons from Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Michael Angelo Batio and more — in our online store.
All examples are performed fingerstyle in open E tuning (low to high: E B E G# B E).
You Might Also Like...
45 min 36 sec ago
1 hour 26 min ago
4 hours 18 min ago
4 hours 58 min ago
Missing for Years, Recordings and Footage from 1968 Miami Pop Fest Represent a Bright Spot for Jimi Hendrix Experience5 hours 31 min ago
5 hours 34 min ago
7 hours 5 min ago