Greetings I was wondering which was actually the direction in which a string should be pushed to.
Some professors state that it should be mostly to a horizontal direction.
He is an excellent drawn hand (sarcasm) in which the arrows indicate the direction of where it moves.
Hope the image below is clear:
BUT, watching many guitarists play and high level guitarists play
many of them seem to "pull" a string mildly upwards.
After all, the other name of the free stroke is "tirando".
Tirando in spanish literally means "pulling". So let's state that there is a little pulling involved? As a kind of lever?
I've been commenting that a problem I have is that I collapse my fingertip joints when playing free stroke (I don't use rest stroke almost at all). It could be that I've been, for a long quantity of years, doing a free stroke mostly pushing with almost no pulling. The sound overall is good, strong and with tone; but phyisically tends to collapse the tipjoint.
I've been forcing me to pull a little more, instead of, say, 90% pushing and 10% pulling. It many times corrects the tendency of collapsing the tipjoint, although in faster passages, as in speed bursts, it does not help, it collapses. No over tension is involved.
So the more specific questions are: Where do you push a string when playing this specific bars?
Here we have Asturias, the parts in which the p-m-i-p-m-i is involved is the one that interest me. Where do you push the string in the "m-i" use? I have coloured four arrows. I've been, all my life, used the green arrow, red arrow and violet arrow directions; in a consciour way. The red arrow provides me of more speed the fingertip joints collapse (obviously in faster motions mostly) but the violet arrow provides me of less fingertip joint collapse but less speed.
Anyway I can get only as far as 90-100 BPM in those bars.
Second question then, in this specific Giuliani formula, where do you push a string? Always with a STRONG volume (forte or even better fortissimo)
1- At a slow tempo, say at 50 BPM (take into account it's a 6 notes group per beat)
2- At a moderate tempo 65 BPM
3- At a faster tempo 80 BPM +
So basically the direction where a string is pushed into, varies with the speed used?
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