Unnecessary pressure with the left hand

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Omar Garcia
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Unnecessary pressure with the left hand

Post by Omar Garcia » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:57 pm

Hi everyone,
Need a bit of help here. When I try to increase the volume
By striking the strings hard with the right hand fingers,
I find myself pressing the strings hard with the left hand also
I've been trying to correct this by playing scales painfully
Slow, hard with the right, light with the left, but progress
Is slow. Any other remedies or suggestions?
Thanks for your help.
Omat

dtoh
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Re: Unnecessary pressure with the left hand

Post by dtoh » Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:24 pm

Omar Garcia wrote:Hi everyone,
Need a bit of help here. When I try to increase the volume
By striking the strings hard with the right hand fingers,
I find myself pressing the strings hard with the left hand also
I've been trying to correct this by playing scales painfully
Slow, hard with the right, light with the left, but progress
Is slow. Any other remedies or suggestions?
Thanks for your help.
Omat


Keep practicing :D

A lot of exercises involve accenting just one of the RH fingers, e.g. very soft with i and a, loud and hard with M. That might help also.

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Re: Unnecessary pressure with the left hand

Post by guitarrista » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:32 pm

Try this: press with the left hand fingers just light enough so there is a bit of buzz when you sound it out. Now play it really loud with the RH fingers - make sure your LH keeps the pressure light enough so the sound is still buzzy.

This should let you start separating in your brain LH from RH in terms of how hard to engage the muscles.
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Re: Unnecessary pressure with the left hand

Post by mmapag » Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:42 am

Staccato scales with a strong right hand attack.
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Robbie Flamerock
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Re: Unnecessary pressure with the left hand

Post by Robbie Flamerock » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:56 pm

Develop your left hand strength with ligado exercises.

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