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Fig.1. Harmonics

-A Harmonic is a naturally occurring resonant frequency determined by string length.

Harmonic Oscillations of a String

Fig.1. Basic and Harmonic oscillations of a string.

-Harmonic notes are higher pitched than fretted notes and can be used to create musical variety.

-They are also useful in tuning your guitar.

-By fretting the string you change the effective string length (the basic harmonic) and also change the pitch and location of the Harmonics.

 

Video 1. Open “A String” harmonics and harmonics created by fretting the “A String” at the 3rd fret.


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