guit-box wrote:I'm more interested in studying world class concert guitarists and trying to glean from those players what their fingers are doing. Of course this is just one tool to learn from, but I much prefer that to listening to someone on delcamp who might appear to be knowledgeable just because they are boastful. If the people on this forum (I include myself) were great players, then we'd be out there doing it and not spending time talking about it on a forum with other amateur and intermediate level players. Remember, folks ,when you're giving someone here the benefit of the doubt, you have no idea if they can even play or not. They might be a 10 year old, or an electric guitarist, or not even be able to play Romanza without dropping a note on every measure. Unless you can be in the same room with a teacher, and they can demonstrate what they are teaching, you just have no idea what level that person is speaking from. That is why I believe this is the perfect outlet for studying the techniques of great players, we know who we are talking about and what they can do. It doesn't replace a good teacher for a beginner or intermediate player, but I don't believe any of these right hand technique topics are really for beginners, they're more for serious and advanced players.
While I wholeheartedly agree with you when you suggest that we must be cautious of our sources on this site (as with any website), I feel that your statement is not entirely fair. I've come to learn that there are many knowledgeable guitarists on this site and many of them are "out there doing it" as performers and teachers. There are, at the very least, some players here who have advanced beyond the "intermediate" level. I also feel confident in saying that there are some who have studied directly with world class guitarists and are more than capable of communicating the information they gleaned from those studies. Lastly, though I think there is great value in studying the technique of world class musicians, one does not need to be a world class musician to be an effective teacher. It is possible to learn a lot about technique from strong players who fall short of being considered world-class.
Don't get me wrong--I am very aware of the challenges in sifting through the boasters and those who provide quality posts, but I am confident in saying that there has been much top-notch information provided by members on this site.