Artificial Pinch (Squealies) Harmonics

In this video guitar lesson you are gonna learn how to make the guitar SCREAM!! 🙂

This technique is used quite heavily in hard rock and metal with players like Zakk Wylde leading the way. However, it has also been used by blues based players like Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top to get a more nasty and biting sound out of the strings.

The technique basically requires hitting the string with the pick and flesh of your picking hand thumb at the same time while over a harmonic node point on the string.

The video is pretty self explanatory and after you know what to do to create this sound you can more easily develop a good enough feel for it that you won't think about it very much at all. It will just become a natural part of your playing style.

Make sure that you watch the pick angle and everything in the video, it makes all the difference in the world.

Cheers!! Carl..

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Artificial Pinch (Squealies) Harmonics


  1. Çağla on June 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Oh my.. It’s little bit hard, right? This one wants more practice to learn it. I wish, I can.

    Thank you Carl.

    • Carl Brown on June 27, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      Just keep at it and make sure you have a good distortion going. As soon as you feel it the first time it will be a breeze after that. 🙂


  2. Hayes on June 2, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I don’t know how to shape my pick and my fingers. I really want to learn a really cool song on this website and I’m gonna see if I can learn it without doing the pinch harmonic

  3. David Blundell on May 5, 2019 at 4:44 am

    Cheers Carl. I’ll keep practicing.

  4. Linda McEvoy on November 29, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Really helpful video. Great memories of great times when I hear that “scream”!!

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