guit-box wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:38 pm
There are several world class guitarists who recommend practicing either rasguedo .. or back and forth with individual fingers tremolo .. This would imply that the simply letting the finger bounce back on its own may not be the best advice.
The twitchy right hand playing style using intrinsic hand muscles mentioned upthread (ballisitc style) is often presented as inherently
featuring passive return (letting the finger bounce back on its own). I think this is an unfortunate pedagogic trend that has led to quite a bit of confusion around the topic.
I suggest a conceptual separation between the pluck and the return. Ballistic style concerns only the pluck - specifically, the type of flexion that drives the finger across the string and creates the sound. The subsequent return of the finger back to playing position is a separate issue. That return can be passive or active - it implies nothing as to the type of flexion that preceded it. Thus, we can have a ballistic pluck with passive or
with active return. Usually, at slow tempo the return can be passive while at high speed some active extension is needed to accelerate it.
With this in mind, the situation quoted above no longer appears as conflicting advice - you practice ballistic plucking with passive return (play/relax) at slow tempo to develop the intrinsic muscles and train the hand to operate with minimal effort, and you practice rasgeado or back and forth tremolo to exercise the extensors so that the finger can return fast enough at high speed.