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Harmonics Central

Maciek Sakrejda (8047) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5

If you know your harmonics inside and out and are just looking for my natural harmonics arrangement of "Amazing Grace", skip to page four.

Now, for you newbies =): harmonics create standing waves in your guitar strings. Explaining this would go into a lot of physics, so I won't. Ask you friendly local Spider-- er, physics teacher about standing waves--he or she will have much more fun explaining than I ever could and will be downright overjoyed at the fact that someone is interested. I'll just tell you how harmonics sound, how to play them, and how you can use them (although you can use them any darn way you please--I'll just give an example or two). There are two kinds of harmonics: natural and artificial. I'll go over artificial first because these are the ones I can tell you least about--an awful lot of feel is involved in playing them.

Incidentally, the WholeNote Composer does not support either kind of harmonics so we'll be cheating a little.