Watch the Beat It online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 50 Rock Guitar Licks You MUST Know
Picking while lightly fretting a note directly above the fret will indeed produce the ever-cool sounding harmonic, but that's not the only way to make those moments of bliss appear. This lick explores two alternative ways to sound the harmonic alarm. After dipping the whammy bar into melodic action reminiscent of the opening to the "Beat It" solo Eddie threw down in '83, you're going to further follow in the striped one's footsteps and use your fret hand finger to tap directly above a fret for the first pair. Next, switching into Dimebag mode you're going to dump the bar south while snapping an open G string only to lightly touch the same string precisely above the fret as you release the bar to pitch and beyond for a real screaming banchee harmonic squeal.