guit-box, thanks for clarifying, I got it.
I actually deliberately switched from "classic" to "modern" position about 15 years ago without knowing anything about these trends (of course I saw the Segovia's perpendicular position and Russel's straight position in the videos but didn't know anything about the trend from old to knew, I thought that it's just their individual preference). I understand the benefits of the Segovia's position in terms of better ergonomics, higher speed, easiness to achieve more cleanness and so on but the main reason to switch to the straight hand position for me was the sound. "Classic" position definitely requires less muscular effort and less finger travel to play and fingers are less likely to touch other strings and produce unwanted noise. But I still quite dislike more harsh and more punchy sound produced by the perpendicular position and much prefer deeper, softer, fuller and rounder sound of the straight position. I often find myself playing at quite low angle to the strings, almost in a lute-mode, to get even softer and more pleasant sound while loosing in speed and putting more muscular effort to pluck the strings. But of course it's totally a matter of personal preference, AS LONG AS we clearly understand what we gain and what we loose when choosing one position vs the other.
Another thought: the perpendicular position of the old-school players makes total sense because they were Spanish school players and the punchiness of the sound is quite natural to Spanish flamenco-influenced style of playing and it sounds quite authentic, so the origin of this position is quite sensible.
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