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Discussion in 'Tab & Music Forum' started by LordOfPudding, Jan 28, 2018.

  1. LordOfPudding

    LordOfPudding Strat-Talker

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    Hi,
    I'm working on some Scorpions songs, and dig Matthias' pinch harmonic squealies.
    I kind of luck into a few, but I'm having trouble getting them consistently.
    I have a Strat with a Super Distortion HB bridge pickup, & play through a Mustang 1 with a lot of gain.
    I've tried choking up on the pick,but still kinda inconsistent...
    Any advice?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Mr. Lumbergh

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    Let your thumb overlap the tip of the pick a bit so that it's the last thing to touch the string, right after the pick. Adjust your picking location so that it's halfway between the fret and the bridge, so for example if you're fretting at the 12th, the pick is right over the neck pickup pole pieces.
    And practice, practice, practice!
     
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  3. fezz parka

    fezz parka Making a record.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Make sure your doing it where there's a node. Right over the neck pickup is a good start.
     
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    Mr Lumbergh ad Fezz tell it all. It took me a WHILE to get to the point I can conjure it when I need it. Gain is important but picking location and the pick / thumb string contact are esential. I've taken to holding the pick "back" somewhat; the tip of the pick pointing out from the bottom of my thumb, adjacent to where the "bottom" of my thumbnail is; thumb "hanging" out / forward. Anyway- hard to describe but a good sharp attack and the thumb touching the string...goodness!

    Keep at it and you'll be doing it in no time!

    Best wishes!

    Brian
     
  5. jaybones

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    I guess I got lucky since I can pretty much make them at will with my Jazz III's. Hardly have to put any thought into it or change my grip, just shift the thumb a bit.
     
  6. fezz parka

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    I do it without a pick. Just the nail, then flesh.
    About half way in:

     
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  7. LordOfPudding

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    Hi, all
    Thank you so much for the tips and advice.
    I am starting to get the hang of it, and am getting better results.
    Now I just have to practice, practice, practice!
    ST is such a great wealth of information & experience....You guys ROCK! :thumb:
     
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  8. Mr. Lumbergh

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    :cool:
    Happy to help man.
     
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    Gotta turn the amp up LOUD so that you can hear when you ALMOST have it, and when you NAIL it. That's the key--pretty soon your fret finger will naturally move to it, and then you gotta learn how NOT to do it every time.
     
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