rpavich wrote: ↑
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:17 am
I guess I'm not that unique after all
I'll definitely start trying to play with as little pressure as possible starting with Rick B's method above and practicing without my thumb coming into play. At this point it seams unreal that that could work but I'm ready to try. After years of gripping the neck like a baseball bat I'm ready to fix it.
No, you aren’t the only one with what I call a “death grip” on the neck!
It is a common problem. There are several reasons why it might happen. When you play several notes at the same time and you hear a buzz, if you don’t know which note is the cause, the tendency is to grip *all* fingers to make it stop. Sometimes all fingers grip because of insufficient finger independence. Sometimes the left grips tightly when you play forte with the right in a tendency to mirror effort between the two hands. Sometimes the left grips tightly because of tension caused by the multitasking required to play. Sometimes the tension comes from playing something too difficult or playing too fast (beyond where you have control).
When the sun shines, bask.
Classical Guitar forever!