Don't start with Bartok pizzicati either,Michael.N. wrote: My one advice: don't start learning guitar by playing artificial harmonics from the outset i.e. in place of free or rest stroke.
I don't really think about it anymore, but I just went over my current répertoire in my head and found that I use rest stroke very seldom. Even the times I do use it, I could probably get away with free stroke.Adrian Allan wrote: However, it is worth noting that in terms of modern playing technique, rest stroke is hardly ever used, and does not need to ever be used.
I think you mean, why is all contemporary playing free stroke?celestemcc wrote:Why IS contemporary playing all rest-stroke? I spent plenty of years cultivating both, and still do. It's another color in the tonal palette; the question is, why NOT use rest stroke?
Is it like the ability to roll a kayak? You may never need to do it, because there are other techniques to use when paddling dangerous waters... but if you can do it, it's an especially useful skill. Rest stroke is rolling the kayak... but one helluva lot easier to learn.
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