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In this bite-sized lesson, Derek Trucks gives you some insights on incorporating natural and artificial harmonics into your slide lines.
From Trucks: "I learned this technique from the sacred steel players. Using harmonics is a great way to get a phrase to jump out of the mix, especially when playing live.
"There are two types of harmonics: artificial harmonics [A.H.], which are sounded from “fretted” notes, and natural harmonics [N.H.], which are sounded from open strings. In this lick [FIGURE 5a], I generate an artificial harmonic by placing the slide on the high E string at the eighth fret while simultaneously picking the string and lightly touching it with my pick-hand index finger exactly 12 frets higher, directly above the 20th fret. The result is an artificial harmonic that sounds one octave higher than the original note.
"In this lick [FIGURE 5b], I start with a natural harmonic that’s sounded by lightly touching the high E string at the 12th fret while picking it conventionally. This produces a harmonic one octave higher than the open string. I then begin with the slide from behind the nut and quickly slide up to the 17th fret so that it raises the pitch of the harmonic."
All examples are performed fingerstyle in open E tuning (low to high: E B E G# B E).
A representative for the Detroit Police has told Variety that Chris Cornell's death is being investigated as a suicide, although he emphasized that it's too early to make any conclusions.
“At 12 a.m. [local time], we received a 911 call from the MGM Grand Casino Hotel,” the Detroit Police director of media relations told Variety. “It appears as though a family friend was checking up on Cornell at his wife’s request. He went to hotel and discovered him unresponsive on the bathroom floor. Police made the location with EMS, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
“At present our investigation is leaning toward the possibility of suicide, but we must wait for a medical report to determine the cause of death. At this time we cannot release too much information about what we observed in Cornell’s hotel room or what led us to this conclusion.”
A different police representative told Variety that the singer was found with a “band” around his neck.
It also has come to light that the very last song Soundgarden performed last night (which was, of course, Cornell's final performance) was Led Zeppelin's "In My Time of Dying," which features the opening lines: "In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn / All I want for you to do is take my body home."
Cornell and Soundgarden have performed the song in the past, but it's interesting that they employed it as their closer last night at Detroit's Fox Theater. Cornell was found dead just a few hours later.
"Honestly something looked off last night with him," show attendee Joey Mugan told CNN. "I just didn't think about it because the show was great." Mugan was able to grab the set list from the front of the stage, and you can see it here. Note that it does not conclude with "In My Time of Dying."
Below, check out Jimmy Page's Twitter tribute to Cornell—plus two exclusive Guitar World videos from 2015 that show Page being interviewed by Cornell at the Ace Hotel Theater in Los Angeles. You can find the rest of this interview on YouTube.
RIP Chris Cornell
Incredibly Missed. pic.twitter.com/pKNI4tKiXz
— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) May 18, 2017