Yep. You'll notice that the "buzz" is the crucial point because it allows you to make a sound without excess tension (actually too little tension) and then ease into making a clear sound. If you are over pushing on the fretboard, you'll find it hard at first to find your buzzes. But keep at it!jason790420 wrote:For the past few days, I'm trying the Thud/Buzz/Bell technique and couldn't really find the Buzz. I guess it's because I was still straining and it was more of a touch or press, and resulted in the lost Buzz in between. But I'll be working on that these days.
...Also, I'm still finding quite a lot of strain on my wrist for unknown reasons. I'll be fixing the thumb first and see if it's the cause to all the tension of the shoulder and wrist.
These two things might have more in common than you may think. If the height of the neck of the guitar isn't high enough, you won't be able to place your left hand correctly and create a pretty significant bend in the wrist. This'll create strain in your wrist. Also, the placement of the left hand thumb can create issues with your wrist If the thumb is too low and you are pushing out your wrist, you'll create a bend in your wrist.One other thing. what is the contact point of the thumb with the guitar? was it the tip of the thumb or the pad of the thumb? most videos focus on the other fingers instead of the thumb.
There is a time and place for everything, including changing the angle/bend of the wrist. However - if a student is experiencing pain/discomfort in the wrist a bend is 9 time out of 10 the cause. Another cause can be excess thumb pressure as well as body alignment and proper guitar positioning for the individual student. I often find in students that these things go hand and hand (pardon the pun) most of the time.Luis_Br wrote:About straight wrist, I think it is a modern misconception. Certainly straight wrist results freer muscles movements inside wrist. But I think internal muscles relaxation, dissociation control to tense only necessary muscles, and economy of movement is by far more important. Wrist bend is necessary a lot of times to reach difficult positions, spreading fingers etc. I think using wrist is easier and faster than moving elbow too much far away from body as some players do. You can watch several great players videos and check that. Specially if you are small and have small hands, wrist bend will help with straighter finger and easier reaching.
Keeping a straight wrist is a structural aspect, where controlling to muscular tension in the arm/hand/wrist is a muscular issue. The two are neither independent of one another or dependent.Luis_Br wrote:...But it is not the final solution to the overall technical and health problem, IMO.
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