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An Artificial Harmonic is a technique used on string instruments to create pitches much higher than the normal range of the instrument. To do this, the note desired is held down at its normal position on the board, and the string is touched - not held down, but touched - a perfect fourth above that note. The result is the held down note sounding at two octaves higher than normal. These are called "artificial" because they result from holding down a note as well as making the harmonic - making an "artificial" open string.
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