CactusWren wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:49 pm
guit-box wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:54 pm
Some great closeups of his tip joints (which are held firm throughout all free strokes). I think there are uses for relaxing the tip joints, but as default technique I don't think it works to soften the end of the tool that much, you'll loose precision. I'd have to see some videos of players relaxing the tip joints while playing technically demanding free stroke passages to believe it can be done.
How can you tell they're being held firm? I agree that they look firm, and they certainly aren't hyperextending, but beyond that, I wouldn't bet my guitar on anything.
You may want to check out Vicente Amigo, another flamenco player. He's well known for letting his tips get very loose, despite his old teacher Manolo Sanlucar's injunction against it. Amigo is a technically virtuosic player.
Go to the youtube player and select .5x or .25x. There are small amounts of middle finger tip joint collapse or flex backwards, but it's not much at all, he's quite firm with the tips for fast free strokes. (which is what I'm talking about here) I have videos of V Amigo on my slow moe page, check them out. Yes, his tips bend way back for rest strokes, but I've been unable to find him doing anything fast free stroke using that technique. If you find something, post a video, I want to see it. Or if you are successfully doing fast arpeggios or alternation or tremolo with tips that bend backwards post a video. I'm more than happy to be shown there are more possibilities than I originally thought, just at this moment I have not seen it.
Here is V Amigo. Huge amount of collapsing for rest strokes, but no collapsing for free strokes. Don't you think if he was letting those tips be relaxed all the time, it would be occurring for the free strokes some amount too?
An eyewitness will often only see what he already believes to be true.