I don’t entirely agree with what Jaggs says about Barrueco’s right hand. While he doesn’t explicitly say so, he implies that Barrueco uses a severely deviated wrist during rest stroke scales. (At least twice during this video, Jaggs holds his right wrist in a severely deviated position to visually show what Barrueco is doing.) But look closely at the video samples Jaggs refers to. Barrueco actually arches his wrist more as he approaches the bass strings—Jaggs never mentions this. Barrueco doesn’t deviate his wrist all that much, at least not as much as Jaggs implies.
Jaggs also outrightly dismisses moving from the elbow for string crossing. (“The movement from the elbow, that we mentioned before—I mean, that’s a really terrible—I don’t know how anyone plays scales like that.”) In fact, moving from the elbow is a perfectly good and economical way to play scales that don’t cross more than two or three strings. Virtually all good players do it.
It’s also disappointing to see Jaggs perpetuate the belief that an angled nail attack inevitably causes scraping on wound strings. This is simply false. The scraping noise on wound strings is the result of imprecise placement of the nail on the string. If your nail contacts and departs the string at the same point, there will be no scraping. The angle of attack is irrelevant.
Finally, I wish Jaggs wouldn’t imply that all guitar teachers during the 1980s were teaching the same way. During this time, I was taught several ways to do string crossing, including the one Jaggs attributes to Barrueco. Maybe Jaggs’ teachers weren’t teaching it. But mine was.
Jaggs is obviously a highly accomplished player. But based on the evidence of this one video, he might reconsider what he’s saying.
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