Right wrist angle: old school vs new school?

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Right wrist angle: old school vs new school?

Post by JohnyZuper » Thu May 11, 2017 6:24 am

I've noticed that players of the current generation tend to keep their right wrist straight with the hand extending from the forearm, while older generations seem to often drop the right hand down, with the fingers pointing to the floor.


I was wondering if this was a conscious decision. Did somebody at some point realize it was better to keep the arm straight? Are guitars different? Are our postures? Do we aim for a different sound?
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Re: Right wrist angle: old school vs new school?

Post by wchymeus » Thu May 11, 2017 6:38 am

Yep, that's right. I think nowadays, "schools" pay a lot more attention to the body and its natural position to avoid injuries. Also, finger motion range is now limited to a minimum for maximum efficiency. And this "new" position makes it more practical (imho).
I also believe that "sound" has evolved (for sure recording technics too so it's hard to compare) and the trend is for a more silky warm sound than a punchy sharp one... (always hard to qualify sound) So instruments, strings have evolved and maybe the position is making that happen as well.
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Re: Right wrist angle: old school vs new school?

Post by celestemcc » Thu May 11, 2017 5:43 pm

Also note Ida Presti's extreme position: she played off the right side of her nails. Segovia's, while more extreme than modern guitarists', is not as severe as Presti's, and he played off the left side, as many modern players do. (Some, though, notably Thibault Garcia, do play off the right side, and his position is also extreme).
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