Thursday, 21 January 2010

More harmonics

OK, I think I have mastered the fourth harmonic on trombone. For instance, in second position, I can play A2 (an octave up from the pedal A1), E3 (up one octave plus a perfect fifth), A3 (up two octaves) and C♯ (up two octaves and a major third), i.e. the A major chord:

A, E, A, C♯

Of course — and, of course, I did not realise it until now — this series is equivalent to a series of natural harmonics that I can play on 12th, 7th, 5th and 4th fret of bass string A, respectively:

Bass string A harmonics A, E, A, C♯

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