twistedblues wrote: ↑
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:00 am
Do you change the angle of your hand or fingers using freestrokes when doing fast arpeggios?
What I change is the placement of my forearm. This does change the "angle" of the hand to a certain extent. The concept of having a RH position optimized for rest stroke and a RH position optimized for free stroke isn't new. If you check out this most recent video I did on instagram, you'll see what I'm talking about with free stroke vs rest stroke. This is also exaggerated due to me going from playing the lower strings to the higher strings, but it's the same concept.
How do you know you are doing a freestroke correctly and not the bicycle without a teacher?
Your teacher should have spoken to you about how the fingers move into the hand and what you should be looking for. I tell my students to practice in front of the mirror. We spend a lot of time in lessons (especially in the beginning or refining technique) working towards playing correctly with me re-inforcing proper movements vs. improper movements. I do this with a mirror in front of them so they can "see" what I see. It takes a while, but ultimately the student will be able to differentiate between proper and improper movements. At that point it's a matter of reinforcing.
A good place to start about bicycling fingers is to play from the large knuckle joint (base knuckle). Make sure the mid joint is actually moving (in space - NOT flexing). An easy way to determine this is to place your left hand fingers on your mid joints of the RH, then pluck. If you are pushing against the left hand fingers, you aren't playing from the base knuckle.