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Re: Artificial string harmonics question

From: David Raleigh Arnold
Subject: Re: Artificial string harmonics question
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 21:56:24 +0000
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Again, an artificial harmonic is one made by stopping a note
with the left hand and touching the string at the center
of the vibrating portion when playing it. Since the pitch obtained is raised one octave, 8va notation gives the correct pitch, and there is
no reason to use a diamond shaped note.

A natural harmonic is played on an open string, and often it
sounds as some overtone other than octave.  Hence the diamond
shaped note is appropriate, because it is a standard usage in music
that the placement of such a notehead on the staff does not indicate
the pitch, but indicates something else, such as a string, a
fingering, or which drum to play.

In music for guitar, a fret number is often given with the diamond shaped note. With non=fretted stringed instruments, a small note on the same stem is supposed to give the true pitch.

Graham Percival wrote:

On February 21, 2002 07:43, David Raleigh Arnold wrote:

Usually artificial harmonics are noted 8va with regular noteheads.

Not for string instruments.  You need to know which note to put your
first finger on, and which note to put your fourth finger on (almost always a fourth or fifth higher) (or sometimes thumb and third finger, for cello). How could you show that with a single note?

- Graham Percival

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