“If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.”
― Albert Einstein[/quote]
I agree scottszone...I've mentioned this exact thing myself a couple of times.
Who's to say you are not a hundred percent right..you very well may be.
So I've been a bit rude to you and I'd like to apoligize for that.[/quote]
No sweat Soundminer and sorry if I annoyed you with my persistence. I only wanted my view to have a seat at the table, but I believe there is room for everyone
One thing I do with my beginner/early intermediate students is I make sure they know what pima is, then I play a short right hand exercise for them with p for the bass note and ima for the top 3 strings, and ask them to watch my right hand and fingers, then I have them play it slowly and observe their movements. I teach free stroke first. After that is good I do the same with rest stroke.
Some students will instinctively place their hand in a natural and "correct" position (either with a straight or slightly curved wrist) and pluck the string with minimal motion and a nice tone. Some hook their fingers slightly, some don't. Some anchor their thumb on a bass string as I do, some don't. Any of these approaches is legitimate if it works for them in a musical, relaxed, and pain-free way, as there are examples of pros who use any of them successfully.
Only if there is a problem, do I interject additional detail, mostly by having them observe more. Examples of problems would include bumping adjacent strings, undesirable tone, odd joint movements, finger bouncing, and awkward or unnatural hand, wrist, or finger positions. Once they have settled their hand position and finger movements, I teach exercises and etudes with the goal of developing accuracy, coordination, dynamics and musicality, and later speed and agility.
This minimal approach has worked for me time and again where other approaches haven't. I am curious about other methods and hope I have not unintentionally derailed the conversation. I agree it can be frustrating at times that there is not a perfect description in everyday language that works for everyone, which is why I offer an approach that has worked for my students successfully over the long term.