Who invented pinch harmonics?

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  1. rosscoep

    rosscoep Member

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    I have read a number of threads lately wherein a claim is made that one famous player or another "invented" pinch harmonics. Ridiculous is what I say. Like questioning who invented the guitar strap. My pinching came totally naturally as I began playing. I wasn't attempting to emulate anyone. It happened, I thought it sounded cool. I did it again. I suspect many innovations in mechanics/technique occurred in the same way.
     
  2. Tonefish

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    Wiki says it was Roy Buchanan. I just starting doing it at some point too. No one had shown me or told me about it. Hmmmm...I think physics invented it....we just had to find it. Well I just learned that this is what "pinch harmonics" is. I'm surprised it wasn't "invented" or "claimed" much sooner than Roy.
     
  3. doublee

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    Its just that Roy made BIG use of it, not just messing around in his living room, know what i mean?
     
  4. jazzguitar

    jazzguitar Supporting Member

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    I believe it was Jorge Pinch, in 1907 on a small island off of the western coast of Mexico.
     
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    Um, I think that was Pinche, no?
     
  6. frankencat

    frankencat Guitarded Gold Supporting Member

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    Invented? Who knows but I remember seeing videos of Les Paul doing it back in the day FWIW.
     
  7. willhutch

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    And didn't Larry Graham if Sly and the family stone invent pop/slap technique on bass?
     
  8. jazzguitar

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    My bad. :jo
     
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    People have been using their fingers and pulling overtones out of strings
    since ancient times.

    At least since Nils Lofgren.
     
  10. decay-o-caster

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    I was gonna say it was me. Since I do them and no one ever showed me how, that means I must've invented them, right? So I'd appreciate the credit when you guys use them. Not like I'm asking for royalties or anything. Just the props I'm entitled to.
     
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    Fat Fingers on that New Spector ARC 6 USA Guitar

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    Taken backstage last NOV 15th he was playin in someguy from Jerseys Band
     
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    No it was Most High Supreme Commander Generisimo Augusto Pinochet it that he has so many accomplishment his guitar playing sometimes gets overlooked
     
  13. diego

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    I strongly believe that it was Barney Rubble, but then there arguments that Fred Flintstone was the first as well. There are even proponents for Dino.
     
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    alainguitars Silver Supporting Member

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    Don't you mean the Italians?
     
  16. JonR

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    Yeah, I think he got the idea after stringing up some opponents with piano wire...
    (no pain, no gain...)
    :D
     
  17. kimock

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    Swiss maybe?
     
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    EelEye Gold Supporting Member

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    I thought Al Gore invented it?

    At least I thought I heard him taking credit for it.
     
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    Unless you think Al Gore is God, that's poly-ticks, and we don't talk about poly-ticks or real-itchin' here: we're internet guitar players, we cain't haindle the truth.

    I'm just gonna have to assume for your sake that that was a typo, and you meant Ali-G, in which case I think you're probably write.


    watch yer step.
     
  20. JonR

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    Is that an Al-e-Gore-ical question?

    Sorry...
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