jstroud wrote:A quick look at the best players today in virtuosity and tone and the vast majority have a straight wrist. Probably 90% or more.
Most of those straight wristed players will and have admitted at masterclasses that they wish they had Segovia's tone...virtuosity is a slipppery word that means different things to different people.
This theme about technique. Technique is absolutely necessary and critical part of playing music. Tone as way to make particularly colored sound is important part of it (music).
But no technique, no virtuosity, no tone is not an essence of the music (from my point of view)... Music is language and when speaker speaks (musician plays) the most important part is ability to deliver the message. Technique, virtuosity - as ability to say many words fast and clear are important, Tone - as ability to say those words with nicely rounded voice is important... But do we listen people because they say nice words fast and clear with nicely rounded voices??
We really listen someone who believe in his message! Who feel himself every little nuance of it in it's form and in it's essence... Who are passionate and absolutely convinced himself that what he is talking about is important for others to hear.
That is how I think and feel about this subject.
Thou I don't expect that everybody will agree and respect opinions of others