Drainky wrote:I find that giving my nails a ramp shape and keeping them a wee bit above the pad of the finger reduces the scraping noise from wound and textured strings. However, the scraping noise is only reduced, is it ever eliminated? I've watch videos about damping strings to achieve proper length of note resonance but is there a proper method of plucking the string that eliminates this scraping?
From what I've gathered, yes, you can work towards eliminating the scraping sound. Generally, you want to keep your right hand's posture constant for the most part, and when travelling across the strings, you want to be moving from the elbow. But, once you have the basics down flat, I would tweak them to your personal preference.
I've found when playing the wound strings with i
(and even a
when the occasion demands), by slightly angling my right hand so that the strings are perpendicular to the nails as opposed to angled to the side, I don't get much of the scraping noise, if at all (since I'm playing along the direction of the windings). It's nothing drastic, just a slight twist at the wrist that doesn't feel uncomfortable.
A good reference would be how your thumb hits the string -- if you watch closely, you will observe it hitting the string along the windings and not at an angle or against them. This is why you don't get any scraping with the thumb.
Hope that helps.
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