Tonyyyyy wrote:A different perspective..In the past I could not imagine playing off the right side. Then I got a lute and with pinkie on the soundboard and fingers much less perpendicular(flattish to the strings) it is natural to play off the right side.
On guitar I saw an Alice Arzt video which is I guess close to the Presti-Lagoya type position . She is absolutely convincing though I think it could be a dangerous position if done without guidance(I mean too much of an angle without the necessary perfect poise and relaxation)
I didn't understand how to play from right side with pinkie on the soundboard. I was meaning finger touches the string on the right side first and string slides toward the center of the finger, from Presti school. To do this pinkie is further from soundboard than regular playing. Some great players from this school you find at youtube:
Look how their pinky is more up toward strings an hand in reverse angle. How would they put pinkie over the soundboard?
An important point to this technique, that was explained by Artzt, is that wrist bends down, not to the side (the latter is quite dangerous). You rotate forearm a bit out and let hand falls down. You also use some different muscles that move fingers a bit to the outside in some sort of rotation, same movement to hold tight a screw-driver (pinkie and a-finger muscles are very strong in this gripping), as explained by Artzt. With this you avoid moving and tensing too much the tendons that go through the wrist. You keep most of the work inside the hand, thus you avoid getting bothered by a bit more wrist bend.