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Watch the Pinch & Tap Harmonics online guitar lesson by Gary Hoey from Blues Rock Reactor

Pinch harmonics, "pick squealies", or whatever you want to call them, add a lot of expression to your guitar playing. I always think back to Billy Gibbons and how he'd take a note and make it squeal. Growing up playing in bands, I'd always say: "Right on this one note I'm gonna hit this harmonic, and it's gonna squeal!" And it wouldn't ever happen when I wanted it to happen. And that's the beauty and magic of harmonics, that sometimes you just hit the note in the right way and it screams the way you want it, and sometimes you don't. Here I'll show you a way you can at least understand harmonics better and control a little more of what you're doing.

When you're playing pinch harmonics, you want to choke up on your guitar pick. When you come down, you want to hit the string with the side of your thumb, actually using some of the skin to create the harmonic sound. Depending where you play the note with your right hand, you can get different harmonics to come out. In the video, we'll look at a few techniques you can practice to get the most of utilizing harmonics.