fretboardmusic wrote:Since returning to CG after many years away I have been plagued by a couple of technical problems.Both are most troublesome with free strokes.The first is the common rasping or scraping noise when playing on the wound strings.The second is most noticeable on plain strings using my m finger-a clatter or "tick" of nail contact.I have tried using the shortest possible nails and working on the angle of my attack.The m finger problem seems exacerbated by that finger being longer so more flexion is required than with i or a.Thanks for any suggestions.
Work on your stroke slowly. Scales are especially good for that because you can isolate the problems most easily.
"Feathering" your nails will result in extra noise on the wound strings. The nail should be filed in such a way that the end meets the string bluntly. That means that unless you have very long nails the inside of the nail extends slightly less than the outside. This way, the nail rides higher on the windings and cannot get between them as much to make the rasping noise.
A little bit of noise is desirable. Singers usually start notes on consonants rather than vowels, so a bit of noise at the beginning of a note makes it sound more human. Point is, be sensitive without being a fanatic.
It is not profitable to be a perfectionist in coming straight across the string with the finger, because that will cause a problem with the thumb. Compromise.
My spell checker doesn't like "flexion." How do I kick the stupid thing? There is nothing wrong with flexion.