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Only skinny people play harmonics

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Cheap Trills, Apr 10, 2021.

  1. Cheap Trills

    Cheap Trills Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I was listening to younger me and I noticed a major stylistic difference is that incorporating harmonics and specifically harp harmonics using my picking hand was a big part of my playing. These days, 20 years later, I never do it. So I tried and realized it's hard for me to be accurate because when I shift my right hand up, the guitar sort of rocks... around my belly. So I guess as my physiology changed, that aspect of my playing got phased out without me noticing. I then thought about it and I can't think of any fatties that really incorporate harp harmonics into their playing style. Only skinny people. Am I wrong?
     
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  2. cyclopean

    cyclopean Poster Extraordinaire

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    Just wear your guitar strap shorter.
     
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    I'm wearing the same sizes now I did 16 years ago, but the novelty of using my right Index finger and pinky to do harmonics independent of my fretting hand wore off. I think it's just a taste thing, but could be wrong.

    Also, I have to put effort into maintaining this body shape now, but didn't back then, but had to put more effort into those sorts of playing embellishments then than now. Maybe its some kind of balance thing?
     
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  4. Ed Driscoll

    Ed Driscoll Tele-Afflicted

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    Here's a recent video of Arlen Roth laying down a boatload of harmonics, and not looking exactly, umm, heroin-chic:

     
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    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    I remember as a kid at 14-15 learning how to play, on acoustic, I thought I INVENTED 12th fret harmonics, just f***ing around up the neck, making noise.

    And this 'PING' rings out, on one string, on one fret! So what do you do?

    You try that with all the strings at that fret ( #12 in this case)

    Then what's next?
    You try getting this sound out of every string on every fret. Yup, I invented that.

    Funny, 45 years later nothing has changed when if comes to guitar exploration!
     
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    Wow, that's awesome. Some great pedal-steel licks!

    C4X: LOL! I remember "discovering" that, too.
     
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    MarkieMark Friend of Leo's

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    Funny. I was watching a Redd Volkeart performance the other day and noticed him habitually doing what looked like a "haul it up" move. It looked like maybe his strap needed a little tweak. But it may be just a quirky kind of "guitar face" type move.
    If I could play like him I'd make any move I wanted.

     
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    Are you calling Steve Hackett skinny? Waifish, maybe. Elf-like. :)

     
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    dougstrum Friend of Leo's

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    Hey! Don't you call me fat, I'm built for comfort I ain't built for speed~
    No skinny harmonics here.
     
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  10. Cheap Trills

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    I see he has two set playing positions. I'll have to try the one with the leg up. the one where he's hunched over and the guitar is basically on his right side instead of Infront of him... the ergonomics of my belly wouldn't allow. I have a higher love handle to pot belly ratio.
     
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    I still cant play harmonica but I’m not skinny. Oh harmonics! Still can’t play them either.
     
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    I'm a medium size, 6 foot, 180 lb. guitar operator.
    My "schtick" is mimicking a pedal steel on my B bender Teles.
    I don't always do them, but harp harmonics are part of my faux-steel bag of tricks.
    My weight fluctuates some, but doesn't seem to affect how and what I play, yet.
     
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    It’s the other way round- harmonics make you thin! The vibrations dissolve fat in proximity to the guitar. So when you grow out of using the technique, your belly grows out too. Fact!
     
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    Oh, must be why John Popper lost all that weight.


    John Popper is awesome, and not just his harp skills. Great lyricist and crooner too.

    Hi John!
     
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