Is this a description of 'bicycling'? A term that comes up in posts from time to time, usually as something to avoid I thought.Larry McDonald wrote: ↑Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:17 amWhat I see is what guit-box sees, that the professional brings the finger to the string by simultaneously extending the PIP and DIP, while flexing the MCP. After the "work" of the force exerted on the string (the "pluck"), we observe the exact opposite of this motion; the MCP extends while the PIP and DIP flex (the "relax").
Maybe getting on our bikes is the way to go after all.
For me this is how my fingers move naturally anyway. If I simply focus on plucking the string in the most relaxed way, without trying to move my joints in any particular way, then the description above is how my fingers move.
There was a time when I deliberately tried to move from the MCP (after reading that this is correct in various method books, watching YT videos, reading posts here, and trying to copy Bream videos where he seems to do that... what an idiot (me, not JB), I won't do that again). But I ended up with stiff and tense fingers which started to hurt and didn't sound that great either. Fortunately I have a good teacher who spotted what I was doing and told me that all the joints should move and to just focus on being relaxed. Things are much improved since then.