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It's honestly becoming something of a problem for me. Every time I sit down to play something on my Explorer the addiction manifests. It's bad on other guitars, but this guitar is too sweet for harmonics.

Like, I can't escape it, this guitar sounds too sweet for harmonics, and it makes every one of my riffs way too over the top. I'm not even talking solely pinches. I do natural harmonics, Gojira style multi string scrapes, semi pinches, etc. etc. etc.

I don't even know where it got like this. Once I was a regular fan of harmonics, but now everything I play comes out like this.


Is there some kind of support group? Has anyone else had this problem?
 

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^I think it might be more serious than simple wyldeitis. At least he does them with juicy vibrato the vast majority of the time.

I'm doing them without vibrato damn it. I've grown to enjoy them in faster riffs without vibrato. I don't even know how that happened.
 

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My pinching mostly comes out in my leads, a la Lynyrd Skynrd, though I've been toying with those Gojira scrapes lately.
 

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Gojira scrapes are way too sweet. I do the upwards stroke on the top 3 strings 5th fret natural harmonic all the fucking time.
 

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I'm getting pretty good on the mechanics, but I'm still working on the timing. I'll hit a note, and will think, "Damnit, I should have started the scrape like 8 days ago!" :lol:
 

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I struggle with this a little bit too, Garret, just with semi-harmonics. I don't even do it consciously, I'm just constantly working my pick angle and whatnot and adding harmonic overtones to a line. When I try to consciously sit down and play something clean, I actually struggle. It's awful.

I'd be happy to start a support group, but I don't know what we would do. Discuss the merits of guys who aren't Zakk Wylde?
 

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You say addiction like its a bad thing Garrett.

I have stated using them more and more lately too. It doesn't help I'm playing in a new band and the bass player loses his shit whenever I randomly throw one in. It just makes me do it more...
 

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You say addiction like its a bad thing Garrett.

I have stated using them more and more lately too. It doesn't help I'm playing in a new band and the bass player loses his shit whenever I randomly throw one in. It just makes me do it more...
 

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I struggle with this a little bit too, Garret, just with semi-harmonics. I don't even do it consciously, I'm just constantly working my pick angle and whatnot and adding harmonic overtones to a line. When I try to consciously sit down and play something clean, I actually struggle. It's awful.

I'd be happy to start a support group, but I don't know what we would do. Discuss the merits of guys who aren't Zakk Wylde?
You walk into a room and "restraint" is written on a chalk board and a reformed pinch harmonic enthusiast asks the group assembled, "Does anyone know what this word means?"

That's how I envision a support group going anyways.
 

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You walk into a room and "restraint" is written on a chalk board and a reformed pinch harmonic enthusiast asks the group assembled, "Does anyone know what this word means?"

That's how I envision a support group going anyways.
And then you kick that chalk board in half, whip out a pointy guitar, and start laying down sweet, sweet pinch harmonic riffs that cause everyone in the room to shake uncontrollably.
 

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Pinch harmonics are probably what pushed me over the edge and made me want to play electric guitar. Except that I thought the pinch harmonics on Pornograffitti were played by the fretless bass... I was totally obsessed with making them happen, and kept at it until I could. I look at our singer every time one comes up in the music he has written to express my appreciation. We're both Wylde fans, but I'm the more rabid.
 
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