guit-box wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:31 pm
musikai wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:37 pm
The louder you play the more tension you need.
Eduardo Fernandez teaches to play eg. chords with
repeatedly, not too slowly, and while you play them you do crescendo and decrescendo. The louder you play you will feel that the tension required will wander up your wrist. At first all quite relaxed, then the louder you get the tension will move starting from the fingertips into the fingers, the main knuckles, the wrist. This can make you aware of different tensions in different parts.
The same is true for alternating free stokes but the tension is only in the millisecond you pluck, you always want to stay relaxed meanwhile.
Eduardo Fernandez is a fantastic player and I'd like to understand what he's teaching with this, but I haven't a clue what it means and/or how to accurately apply his advice--it's too vague. I've watch videos of Fernandez playing block chords fast and what I see is a bouncing with the whole arm, maybe that's what he means by tension. (locking the joints and moving the whole arm)
It's an experiment to see how different tensions can be used or are needed when playing louder.
But I have to admit that this possibly isn't a cure to collapsing fingertips as I just experimented with it myself now.
If you place your fingers pima on 4 strings to play a block chord it really is also possible to let the fingertips collapse even at louder volume, though it is more difficult for me than just do the same and not collapse.
What do we do to pluck? You place the finger at the string, then add pressure to displace the string before you release.
The louder you want to play the more you have to displace the string (by adding pressure on it). You can test this very slowly.
Now if you let the fingertips collapse during building this pressure, then the first applied force won't do anything to the string, it will just be used to collapse the fingertip. Now it is locked and the force will be applied to the string.
If you don't let the fingertip collapse then the force will immediately be used to displace the string.
For me it is much more difficult to let the fingertip collapse when doing this. Especially when plucking block chords. It just feels strange and needs a lot of fine placement so that no adjacent strings will be hit.
There is another experiment to try: When doing block chords, try to emphasize single notes in the chord by applying more pressure on a string with the corresponding finger before release.
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