You’ve seen a lot of modern bass players, use natural bass harmonics. Jaco Pastorious, Victor Wooten, and Michael Manring are a few of them.
It’s a cool sound and you want to be able to do it too.
In this bass lesson, I’ll show you how to play natural harmonics effortlessly on your bass. And you can download this chart for free and print out for your bass practice.
Here’s how to effortlessly play natural harmonics on the bass
In this bass lesson video, I’ll show you 6 tips on how to play natural harmonics on the bass.
To order to get your bass harmonics to ring clear, do the following:
- Crank up your mid range on your pickups. If your bass has a front and back pickup, you’ll want to turn up your back pickup and turn down front pickup.
- Pluck the strings very close to the bridge of your bass. The mid range will be even more exaggerated when you pluck the strings in this location. You also won’t need to pluck the string very hard.
- Keep your fretting fingers with a very light touch. Rest your finger on the string with a light touch.
- Once the harmonic rings, you don’t need to leave your finger there. This will let you play bass notes with your lower strings as your harmonics continue to sustain.
- Keep your fretting fingers curved. When you are playing a bass groove, keeping your fingers more flat on the fretboard is fine. But for playing harmonics, you’ll want a curve. You don’t want any fleshy part of your hand to interfere with the string vibration. Because the moment a fleshy part of your hand touches the string, your harmonic will stop ringing.
- Pay attention to the location of where you are fretting. Even the smallest shift will change the note.
Every bass is a little different. I’ve found basses with active pick-ups are easy to play natural harmonics.
Looking for a bass natural harmonics chart? Here is an accurate one
If you want to play beautiful melodies using natural harmonics on the bass, it helps to know where the notes are.
Once you know the locations on your fretboard, you can play almost any note.
I’ve mapped out the most common natural harmonics that you can play on a four string bass.
Below is a Bass Natural Harmonics Chart that you can download and print out for your bass practice.
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