Introduction To Harp Harmonics

This lesson is a basic introduction to harp harmonics on the guitar. If you don't really know what harp harmonic are, let me just explain it by saying it is the ability to create shimmering, cascading and absolutely beautiful harmonic sounds with the guitar.

The technique gets its name from the fact that the guitar can sound very harp like using this technique.

In this lesson I break down the ways that people generally play the harmonics, as well as explain the basic concept of what is going on when someone is playing harp harmonics.

I encourage you to check out players like Lenny Breau, Ted Greene and Chet Atkins to hear what you can do with this technqiue after you have mastered it.

There is no PDF download for this lesson since I try to keep it pretty basic so you can just get the concept down. But after this we will talk about more advanced ways to apply this technique to the guitar in various ways.

So have fun!! More coming soon!!

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Introduction To Harp Harmonics


  1. CJ on July 30, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Excited to go to lesson 2. Had to drop a line here first! I just recently discovered the idea of moving the harmonics around with your fretted position when I saw this guy doing harp harmonics on this Masters of Acoustic Guitar special on my PBS station, so I’m thoroughly excited to see you teach it. I’ve been playing guitar for nearly 10 years without knowing theory and since I’ve been coming to your site my understanding of my instrument has grown exponentially. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    • Carl Brown on July 31, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      Hey CJ, thanks for watching my lessons! Let me know if you have any questions at all!

      Cheers! Carl..

  2. bobby on March 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    this is the coolest guitar lessons website ever!! thanks Carl…

  3. Brian Michel on March 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    hey Carl, awesome lesson and awesome website, I now learn new guitar stuff everyday, I’ll definetly switch to a premium subscriber soon. Thanks for all the work man.

  4. Warren on April 10, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Hey Carl,
    I am so excited by this lesson. I am just about to go to the next Harp lesson. Just want to say a BIG thanks to you, you are the MAN and you really really know how to teach.

    If anyone asks me who taught me I will be saying Carl Brown as I feel so lucky, hope that’s cool?

    I will be going premium eventually this site is everything to me. I love your work, keep it up awesome.


    • Carl Brown on April 10, 2013 at 7:08 am

      Hey Warren, thanks a bunch for the kind feedback. I am very glad you enjoy my lessons!


  5. Cait on July 2, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Hey Carl! This is awesome. I knew about octave harmonics but I’d never heard the harp effect. That’s so neat that you create such a distinctive effect just by alternating harmonics and plucked strings. Dig it, man!

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