Can pinch harmonics be used on a bass guitar?

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Can pinch harmonics be used on a bass guitar?

Post by MrBagel » Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:46 pm

I dig pinch harmonics. Yes...Zakk Wylde overdoes them. However, I don't recall if I've ever heard them used in any sort of bass work. Just curious if anyone knows, or if there's some reason that they can't be done?
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Re: Can pinch harmonics be used on a bass guitar?

Post by Hollywood's Burning » Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:50 pm

I believe they can - see Billy Sheehan's work with DLR as an example.

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https://www.talkbass.com/threads/pinch- ... ss.522838/
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Re: Can pinch harmonics be used on a bass guitar?

Post by Gazpacho » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:01 pm

I like on Evenflow how Ament (sp?) does the harmonic and slides up the neck
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Re: Can pinch harmonics be used on a bass guitar?

Post by mrspeedgene » Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:28 pm

Yes, and guys use them all the time. They just sound completely different on a bass so you just never put 2 and 2 together.
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Re: Can pinch harmonics be used on a bass guitar?

Post by NearlyNormal » Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:41 pm

Sheehan's the only one I can think of in a rock n' roll context, like during the breakdown on "Addicted to that rush".

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Re: Can pinch harmonics be used on a bass guitar?

Post by Van Ailin' » Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:21 pm

Jaco Pastorius did that a lot. There's some really obvious examples on "Birdland."
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Re: Can pinch harmonics be used on a bass guitar?

Post by Peterbilt » Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:32 pm

MrBagel wrote:I dig pinch harmonics. Yes...Zakk Wylde overdoes them. However, I don't recall if I've ever heard them used in any sort of bass work. Just curious if anyone knows, or if there's some reason that they can't be done?
Nothing to do with the topic, but since you mentioned Zakk, I would like to mention my favorite use of pinch harmonics by a guitar player is Tommy Victor from Prong. And he's on the verge of Zakk-over-use territory.
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Re: Can pinch harmonics be used on a bass guitar?

Post by davis666 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:00 pm

but.... why?
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Re: Can pinch harmonics be used on a bass guitar?

Post by Bair Hand » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:06 am

Gazpacho wrote:I like on Evenflow how Ament (sp?) does the harmonic and slides up the neck
i thought that was just the sound of his fretless bass.
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Re: Can pinch harmonics be used on a bass guitar?

Post by Gazpacho » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:57 am

Bair Hand wrote:
Gazpacho wrote:I like on Evenflow how Ament (sp?) does the harmonic and slides up the neck
i thought that was just the sound of his fretless bass.

Could be.

When we covered it our bas player hit a harmonic and ran his figure up the neck lightly.
Sounded pretty close.
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