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How to Play Harmonics on Your Guitar

A harmonic is a tone that's created by the guitar by touching the string above a fret on an open vibrating string. There are 2 types of harmonics Natural and Artificial - or ‘pinch harmonics’. Natural Harmonics Natural Harmonics can be produced by touching your index finger on your fret-hand above at the 5th, 7th or 12th fret. Just place your finger on the string above the fret, don't press to hard or you will mute the note, pluck the note and then pull your finger off. Try it on the A string. E|------------| B|------------| G|------------| D|------------| A|----12------| E|------------| Timing is critical when playing harmonics. The length of time you keep your finger on the string will determine if you hear a harmonic, muted sound or just a regular note. Natural harmonics occur in various locations along the fretboard. The most common ones are on the 5th, 7th, and 12th fret. The harmonics in those positions will ring for all 6 strings on the same fret. Try playing them in all 3 positions....

 


DJ Equipment Basics

If you are planning to become a be a DJ, a disk jockey, one the most difficult things you will come across is to buy your own equipment. It will be difficult mainly due to the fact that DJ equipment is expensive. In order to buy all the equipment you need you will have to spend thousands of dollars. To have what you need to be a DJ you won’t have to buy only on piece of equipment but many. A DJ can mix and match components of different qualities and price ranges to make the entire outfit suit a desired budget. One of the most expensive pieces of equipment that you will need to buy is a mixer. Sound mixers vary from make to make and from model to model and their price depends on their features and their quality. You can buy a DJ mixer for a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. If you are new to the disk jockey business, it is advised that you only spend only a few hundred dollars. The cheaper mixers can work just as well as the more expensive ones and if you are new to DJ'ing then you sho...

 


Lesser Known Benefits of Using a Metronome

I'm sure you've heard that it is incredibly useful to practice with a metronome. Most books and teachers make it abundantly clear that using a metronome is a great way to improve your timing. This is true. But did you know that there are other huge benefits to using a metronome? Let's take a look at a few now... Goal Setting: It's been proven time-and-time again that goals need to be specific and measurable to work. If you don't know exactly what you are trying to achieve, how will you know when you have achieved it? I use my metronome all the time to help me set specific goals for my technique development. For example, let's say that you would like to increase the speed at which you can play a particular exercise. If you use a metronome you can set an exact speed for your goal. For example, you might say that when you can play the exercise using sixteenth notes at 160 bpm (beats-per-minute), then you have reached your goal. Can you see how powerful this is? The metronome setting gives you a clear target t...

 




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