ronjazz wrote:It's certainly a relevant discussion. The Presti technique is for those few whose wrist can bend at that rather abnormal angle, and not recommended for someone such as you. The Shearer Method is solid and well-researched, and I would highly recommend Christopher Berg's "Mastering the Guitar: Technique and Essence" from Mel Bay publications; Chris studied with Shearer, and has a very deep understanding of current methodology based on sports medicine research. If you nails are catching, they may be a little too long or not filed in the appropriate shape for your approach.
I have played for 50 years, and I find the footstool to be fine, but many have problems with it. I like to use a strap and stand up while practicing as well, it's better for your back and general posture. I also recommend very slow practicing for 5-10 minute segments to realign your position and improve your tone. Check our Frederic Hand's instructional video on Youtube, it's very well-done and he has a relaxed and no-BS approach with some great examples of simple exercises to get the right hand into a good attitude. Good luck!
Thanks very much, Ronjazz, for your kind reply. And thank you for the Aaron Shearer affirmation. I've known Christopher Berg for many years and have attended several of the workshops he used to be allowed to do as part of the USC summer programs. USC changed the game and that was the end of a great classical guitar offering. I do have a copy of that book which I'll retrieve. I will take a look at the Frederick Hand videos.
What is abundantly clear to me is that Christopher and others demonstrated a sound right hand technique that I monkeyed with until the way I was doing it was 'THE' way and now years later I'm aware, abundantly aware, that I need my current instructor desperately.
I'll not mention his name, but he was a contemporary of Aaron Shearer, taught by him and subsequently taught with him. In volume 1, Classic Guitar Technique, the guitar on page 4, describing the parts of the guitar, is the guitar he uses in our lessons. He has two, a 62 Velazquez and Hauser II, both well worn and played, from about the same years. He told me he uses his Hauser in ensemble playing because it's considerably louder than The Velazquez. He was delighted when I showed up with my new Hauser III for lessons.
All the best,