I really like the way Kevin Gallagher teaches and explains things in his tutorial videos. I completely agree with him that most of us are only taught the centre position (or at least that has been my experience so far). This video really helps me understand that it is OK, in fact better, to find the most comfortable/suitable wrist position for each passage.
I highly recommend this video to everyone whether you are a beginner or more advanced player.
Great video and it is nice he is sharing with us. One of my favorite players.
I just want to point out that here in South America, in my experience, all teachers teach hand positioning like this (at least those teacher of "classical" guitar). It sounds strange to me that some teacher would teach only "center position". Maybe because of the huge influence of Abel Carlevaro's teaching in everybody here. Carlevaro puts a lot of emphasis in hand positioning. In his books of exercises there is one whole book totally dedicated to LH moving and positioning. If you search youtube for "a guitar lesson with abel carlevaro", around minute 12 he starts talking about LH, teaching his basic concepts of what he calls left hand "presentations".
kevin calls it the three "hand" positions, but i think i'd be tempted to call it the three elbow positions (or really the range of elbow positions). it's a bit of either/or, and a question of which one leads, the wrist or the elbow, as well as how to conceptualize the physical sensation.
Thanks for posting that, Cary!
I've been doing what he demonstrates for those difficult stretches I have come across in my repertoire( for the most part), but his exercises will help make the transitions from one presentation to the other smoother. It is knowing exactly when to change the presentation that has sometimes been a problem for me and his explanation and examples were helpful.
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