scottszone wrote:focus on the music
Scottzone - many of us "get it."
One can point at thousands of players that adequately achieve a certain level of technical skill completely unguided by any supposed expert and/or physiological understanding. Equally there are many thousands who become frustrated (this forum bears witness to that) even to the point of quitting when all they need is observation and possibly redirection from a knowledgeable and observant teacher.
Quite obviously not everybody needs to know what a proximal phalange is - I teach 5-year olds for example - but the professional
be aware in great detail what is happening and how to direct any student, using appropriate language or demonstration, in a way that predictably facilitates their progress with safety.
It is easily demonstrable that this is not always the case. For instance - I personally know two extremely gifted and serious, hard working students of Gilardino - real virtuosi (and I don't use that term as lightly as many) who suffered debilitating guitar-related neurological problems. Happily both acknowledged the problem early, recovered (though one was forced to cease playing for over a year) and now lead successful concert careers.
Another guitarist (former student of mine) entered a conservatoire; one of his chief instrumental instructors suffered from focal dystonia and, would you believe it, this player, formerly what I might describe as a "natural", now also suffers the condition. Is there a connection? I honestly don't know but these are not isolated cases - something, sometimes
is wrong with the pedagogy. Guit-Box's thread may not provide all (or indeed any) of the answers but I'm glad to have read most of it. The exploration is worthwhile.
elsewhere scottszone wrote:There are many professional classical guitarists and teachers with great right hand technique that managed to develop it without perfect descriptors or dissertation level explanations. Explain that.
First of all it depends on how you define "great". Then I would say that there are many, many more that do not achieve this "great" technique. Explain that. In every practical undertaking we instinctively use our bodies in a way that feels comfortable and easy. I can drive, swim, run, jump etc. perfectly well. With endless hours of unguided practice at any one of those activities I might also be lucky
enough to achieve a superior level of expertise.
also elsewhere scottszone wrote:experience is the best teacher
Experience may be a
teacher - not the best. Look at a few very experienced drivers - often some of the worst on the road. They just drive badly with ease.