Work on your stroke slowly. Scales are especially good for that because you can isolate the problems most easily.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.
There is a decent article by Douglas Niedt on the topic in his "Tip of the Month".Guitarshreda wrote:From what you're describing (ticking sound on the un-wound strings), it sounds like a placement problem. What you want to do, is while you practice slowly consciously try and place the finger in the same place all the time. It's quite hard, and something that many don't take the time to develop. Keep it conscious with whatever you play be it a scale or a full piece. Now, when you're playing a piece at tempo, don't try and think about it, but rather see how much of this idea has been assimilated in your practice. This is certainly something that most don't realize. Don't force the fingers to the string, but allow what you practiced slowly take over while you play at tempo. If practiced correctly there will be no problem. Pay attention to nail placement and the articulation of the passage.
I haven't had as much playing time as I would like lately,but I did shorten my nails to the shortest possible length and still have them functional.As I knew from past experience this improves the tone to my ears-warmer and fuller.But it also eliminates a lot of the tick,if not all.Nails do seem like a necessary evil at times-without them I don't play classical guitar at all.Chadwell wrote:Hi,
I find that most noise comes from playing a string thats already vibrating.
I just trimmed my nails much shorted, this has helped with some noise....nut now i'm missing strings every now and again..got to get used to a shorter nail or grow them back...anyhow...even with a much shorter nail i still get a little noise when striking a vibrating string...is this at all avoidable?
Will there always be a little noise when stroking a vibrating string?
Nails are some bloody frustrating. Feel like chopping them off and buy lute.
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