Michael.N. wrote: ↑
Wed May 10, 2017 7:12 am
There, we've all been told. Luque = muffled sound, poor dynamics, limited speed, not as good as Elliot Fisk.
Oh well, I'm going to fail to resist temptation ...
I remember having a conversation with Rob about Virginia Luque on a previous occasion this topic appeared and at the time I backed off because, well, its difficult. I had come across the lady before, probably because she plays a Hauser, and basically, I didn't like her sound, without knowing anything about the technical approach she takes. But here's the thing; it may or may not be entirely because of her nail-spported flesh technique. Undoubtedly she is a wonderful musician, although some of her videos (for example the Bach prelude one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBl7tQbZ1pg
seem to me fairly doubtful. But whatever she does, she makes it work to the satisfaction of many. But not me. And that's all there is to it. I don't much like Fisk either, whose nails as I remember at least used to be, pretty huge.
But even insofar as she succeeds in her technique, this alone is no proof of anything beyond itself. Specifically, it does not, surely, in itself prove that no-nails works, is superior, inferior, whatever. Because like us all she is a unique individual. In principal, she might be the only person ever to make that approach work that well.
Seems to me, so many of the 'statements of the obvious' in this thread (no doubt including this post) tell us little beyond the personal taste of the writer, but what we clearly should be able to say is that you can do what you want, and take the consequences, and learn what you will learn. Nobody can, I think, deny that the great majority of serious players in modern times use nails, but that is not in itself a statement of superiority, merely of fact. If in two centuries the majority of players use no-nails the reverse would be true and one would presume that the general taste of players and listeners would have shifted accordingly. There is then an issue of debate over fact as to whether greater variety of tone is objectively available with nails. I sense that no-nailers who deny this may be doing so from a weak position, but they can probably argue about degrees of variety within that envelope. But I'd say its a smaller envelope within which to have variety.
Off to apply 'stuff' to the groove in my 'a' finger!