How Robb Flynn discovered his trademark natural harmonics by accident

Robb Flynn of Machine Head
(Image credit: Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic)

Anyone familiar with Machine Head knows natural harmonics are integral to their guitar approach. From the opening riff of Davidian, first track of their 1994 debut, Burn My Eyes, to the final seconds of Arrøws in Wørds Frøm the Sky, the closer from their new album Øf Kingdøm And Crøwn, natural harmonics pervade the Oakland outfit’s entire discography.

And while they became an intentional part of the band’s musical fabric, frontman Robb Flynn discovered natural harmonics by accident as a young guitarist.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.