[Youtube] Bream has "clumsy hands"

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[Youtube] Bream has "clumsy hands"

Post by glassynails » Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:47 am

I've never seen this one before guys! Always good to hear from ol Bream!
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Re: [Youtube] Bream has "clumsy hands"

Post by spanishguitarmusic » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:35 am

Very interesting video! I didn't know Julian Bream was dealing with this issue before. Thank you for sharing this video.

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Re: [Youtube] Bream has "clumsy hands"

Post by brooks » Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:43 am

Oh, that the almighty had bequeathed me with such a "clumsy" and "slow" pair of hands!


Seriously, it is very interesting. I think of JB as a force of nature...the music was in him and had to come out. His body was just a vehicle and he subordinated it to his will and his spirit by main force...maybe not in the most ergonomically optimal way, and obviously one that was physiologically harmful, but the results were always sublime, and by listening one would assume a flawless technique. The concentrated energy that seems to make his hands and guitar almost vibrate in close-up videos is remarkable.

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Re: [Youtube] Bream has "clumsy hands"

Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:38 am

Any self taught guitarist who reaches Bream's level of playing is driven by love and desire. That's what we hear and respond to. I wonder if all that would have survived 'proper schooling'.
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Re: [Youtube] Bream has "clumsy hands"

Post by franks59 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:10 pm

Wow, look at the tension in that pinky - and he hits the string with it flat-fingered.

I wonder if that "paralysis" he talked about was dystonia.


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Re: [Youtube] Bream has "clumsy hands"

Post by Peskyendeavour » Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:56 am

Oh that the almighty has bequeathed me with such clumsy and slow pair of hands!

If Julian says that of himself, I have nowhere to stand...

He is self taught, so I guess bad habits does have a chance to build up. Having a teacher doesn't always stop bad habits building up either though, depends on the teacher. Having a GOOD teacher, however is of course invaluable. The next thing is how to find a good teacher.... Ha...

Even slower and clumsier than most...

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Re: [Youtube] Bream has "clumsy hands"

Post by DevonBadger » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:02 pm

Does anyone know what the wrong way is that JB is talking about?

I've seen lots of posts here about his right hand technique but not so much about his left.

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Re: [Youtube] Bream has "clumsy hands"

Post by Apostolos.D » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:34 pm

Great !! thanks.

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Re: [Youtube] Bream has "clumsy hands"

Post by Nick Clow » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:06 am

franks59 wrote:
Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:10 pm
Wow, look at the tension in that pinky - and he hits the string with it flat-fingered.
I have often noticed that the top joints of the fingers of his L hand are quite elastic and bend backwards slightly, as if hyperextended. I think that's what you mean by flat fingered?

The bending backwards is not that noticeable in the 1st finger but increases progessively to the 4th finger which bends back the most.

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