How To Play Harmonic Notes On Ukulele

- Apr 19, 2019-

Harmonics can raise the song you are playing to a higher level and make it more varied by adding a ringing sound.


Well, this is a guitar, but if it has nothing to do with ukulele, I won't write this guide. Like a guitar, the ukulele is also a stringed instrument, so you can play harmony on a ukulele. It is even a well-known technique in the performance of Hawaiian steel rings. Harmonics contain very high tones and provide different sound quality. However, I must note that it is more difficult to play harmony on a Ukulele due to its short sound quality.


Natural harmonic

Ok, now how do we play these things on the Ukulele? You can create harmonics by first placing the finger of the micro-hand (preferably the index finger) gently on the string and barely touching it. The place you do this is very important and needs to be very precise. The easiest way to generate harmonics is on the 12th timbre, so continue to gently touch the strings at the 12th syllable (not between the genres, but actually above the 12th syllable). Now use your right hand to pull out the string you are touching, then you need to lift your finger (left hand).


If you have done it correctly, you should hear harmonics (sounds) that will be one octave higher than the open string. Didn't do it right the first time? Don't worry, almost no one is doing this. Continue to try to find the right pressure and get the correct time to unplug/release the string. Not enough pressure will cause the open string to be played, too much pressure will result in no sound at all.


In theory, harmonics can be created on the 12th, 9th, 7th, 5th, and 3rd sounds, but some tones are difficult to handle. For example, they can play (example 1) or ban (example 2) separately, such as "Haba na Haba" by Tommy Emmanuel (the ukulele arrangement).

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Artificial harmonic

Great, now you know what is natural harmonics! Unfortunately, the sounds you can play are very limited, especially on the ukulele fingerboard, where artificial harmonics enter. Playing them is not easy, but they allow you to play different chords in different places. Fingerboard.


There are two steps to playing artificial harmonic notes. The first step is to pat the notes as usual (using your micro-hands). The second step is tricky because basically you have to do the same thing as natural harmonics, but this time only use one hand (your plucker). There are different technologies, and you can simply use the technology that works best for you (or use your own technology).


For example, you can use the index finger to hold the string (see Natural Harmonics, which is the finger of your micro-hand) and pick it up with a ring or middle finger. Of course, your thumb or even the little finger will work. Instead of your index finger you can also try another finger. I want to touch the string with my index finger and pick it up with my thumb. Finding the right place, practice is the key!


Now, where do you “act” with your playing hands? You will want to do these twelve annoyances from your troubled notes (see the first two paragraphs) to play the homophonic. This should also make 5 or 7 sounds higher, but as mentioned earlier, they are more difficult to use correctly.



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