SteveL123 wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:38 am
I am learning tremolo on high tension strings (D'addario EJ46FF carbon). Would lower tension strings make it easier or harder when playing tremolo?
It depends whether you adjust your playing position.
If you started from higher tension and somehow kept your right hand at exactly the same setup and angles for producing the sound, then lowering the tension would make tremolo seem more awkward at speed because now you need more string displacement to create the same force to overcome fingertip friction and release the string(*). However, I imagine people subconsciously adjust their hand setup and angles so it is hard to say - try both ways and see what seems the more natural setup for you.
(*) Now I am doubting it is as simple as that even in this idealized case - since the string itself would not move the way a higher tension string would and may slip away on a different trajectory during the stroke execution - which may not involve more displacement. But it will feel different in any case, which may register as 'awkward' or 'harder' to execute.