Denian Arcoleo wrote:This topic always throws up the view -'rest stroke is old-fashioned, classical guitar technique has moved on', or words to that effect. I'd love to know where this idea came from. It is wrong.
At one time, 20+ years ago, it used to be overly taught by teachers. Rest stroke has its place, but it should be used in a minority of cases.
It doesn't need to be used at all, as a free stroke that uses a variety of attack strengths and tone colours can be used for all music, and there is plenty enough variety there if the player is creative.
In some styles of music, rest stroke sounds ungainly - eg. most Baroque.
It also deadens the sympathetic resonance of adjacent strings.
I also think it sounds naff when used to "bring out" a melody line - eg. Sor B minor study. A more developed "a" finger can bring it out without the need for a clunky rest stroke every few notes - but this is how it used to be universally taught.
As somebody recently suggested, it is useful for fast scales, especially when competing with an orchestra for volume. But even then, a strong free stroke can be used instead.