I play "Alabama song" from Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. I prefer the sonority of the original over the Doors version. So, I made my own arrangement, based on the original piano partition. To play it, I experimented different techniques and for the refrain, the best suited is inspired from the flamenco playing. It is a basic and repetitive rhythm, "play, play, play, silent/sustain" which is played very fast. Flamenco players put their thumb on the sixth chord and can play it using annular, major and index, each after the other. Putting the thumb on the sixth chord allow to play very fast and precisely. In Flamenco, it is a lot of variations using this technique.
But I need, for some chords of the refrain, to also play the sixth chord, so I cannot put my thumb on it. And it become very difficult to play such a repetitive figure - it must be played fast in order to sound good.
So, I am thinking to put some kind of support of my guitar, in order to be able to put the palm of the right hand when I play. That way the hand can be precisely positioned and relaxed at the same time. I am wandering how to do it, and what will be the best materials to do it. I can think of 2 different ways.
1) Glue a piece of wood on the guitar with a bit of cloth or leather on it. The palm being in contact with the leather.
2) Make some kind of pillow, and glue it on the guitar.
The first solution seam to me to be the better, because the high will be set more precisely than with a pillow, and also because a pillow will absorb somewhat the vibrations of the tables. Have anyone here some experience with supports for the right hand? Any kind of advice will be welcome!
Last edited by Dominique on Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:57 pm, edited 1 time in total.