Right-hand little finger technique for mellow sound

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Right-hand little finger technique for mellow sound

Post by eno » Tue May 09, 2017 4:00 pm

Just a tip on a useful little nuance. I sometimens use a technique to pluck with the soft flesh of the right-hand little finger. The hand needs to be rotated clockwise and a little outwards and placed close to the strings (somewhat similar to pizzicato) and the little finger needs to be placed on the string parallel to the string so that it touches the string with almost an inch of the soft flesh only (no nail contact with the string!). Also, you need to press deeper "into" the string when plucking. This produces very soft and delicate sound. It only works for single-line slow passages or separate notes, also sometimes for harmonics.

Of course a similar technique can be used with any right-hand finger, and in fact, this is the way people play on lute (not with little finger though). But I found that the little finger produces the finest and softest sound.
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Re: Right-hand litle finger technique for mellow sound

Post by ROMC » Tue May 09, 2017 11:36 pm

Well, i think right-hand little finger technique is possible to use in scales too like Charles Postlewate used it. I use it all time, for example, in Capriccio 24 by Paganini I use this technique like you explained us into the variation number 2

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Re: Right-hand litle finger technique for mellow sound

Post by eno » Wed May 10, 2017 1:04 am

I've never seen it in any guitarist playing that I saw or in any method books that I used, so I discovered it by myself, but I'm sure other players found it long before, it's pretty obvious
Paulino Bernabe 'India' 2001
Rokutaru Nakade 1967
Masaru Kohno 1967
Sakazo Nakade 1973
Mitsuru Tamura 1969
Takamine C136S and C128S
Yamaha SLG200S silent

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