guit-box wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:21 pm
But on closer inspection of youtube videos, I discovered many of the old-school players who I thought were ramping left-to-right were actually ramping right-to-left at least some of the time. Maybe they even switch it up and do both.
Yes, the idea is to do both. Why to restrict yourself to just one pluck or one hand position?
Slipping towards bridge gives a bit dryer and brighter sound, slipping towards soundhole gives a warmer sound. Different fingernail characteristics from either side also has an influence in the result.
Instead of playing from left corner towards center of nail, you can also play from center towards right corner and also from both sides. You can also start from more flesh or play only from the very tip and only nail. All variations give slight different results, besides moving the whole hand toward soundhole or bridge.
I also recommend this video:
I mean actually the whole video, you need to buy the DVD (I've bought it). He explains the "advantages" of a more perpendicular approach. He also explains and demonstrates the sound of slipping toward soundhole and toward bridge. Not really a thorough explanation, but he demonstrates and sound result differences are quite clear (this part is not in the youtube trailer).
A good and responsive guitar also makes a lot of difference. Several factory built guitars won't give as much variation. Some luthiers also seem to build guitars for an "easy" average loud sound which end up restricting tonal color variation.
Another important point of Parkening discussion, is the sound quality of CD remastering. I entirely agree that listening to Segovia on LP is by far better. It is also true for most Bream recordings (try listening to his Westminster LPs and compare to the CDs for the same recordings...). I think it is also true for Jimi Hendrix recordings, for example. Unfortunately I haven't listen to any of them in live concert to compare with recording sound.
About being comfortable with hand position, sometimes comfort fights against musical result. As Parkening said in the interview, sometimes you have to leave the comfort zone to get a different sound or musical result. Using more vibratos make left hand work much more difficult too.
I also never get tired of repeating the same things, against the school that straight wrist is healthier. It is just an oversimplification. I agree straight wrist is better for tendons at first analysis, but if a bit of bent wrist is uncomfortable, it means bad technique. As Artzt explained, if you press too hard from tip and stress too much forearm tendons, straight wrist seems better, but if you learn to put more effort to knuckle and use inner hand strength, it releases that problem. Another point is learning to really relax and release the wrist which additionally makes things easier to tendons.
We can check in the videos that Dimitri also has a very relaxed hand-wrist attitude, a very important point to the traditional approach (actually to any approach).