SteveL123 wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:37 pm
Dirck Nagy wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:13 pm
davekear wrote: ↑
Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:02 am
Conservation of movement. ...
Great performance of this! I was impressed by the clarity of your LH shifts & have a question for you as a teacher:
When introducing shifts to students, do you ever teach them to "lead" with either wrist or elbow? Make a shoulder movement? Or something else?
I'm curious because you arent sitting in a "traditional" position, but it works very well for you. How do you have your students sit?
Impressive performance indeed! Dave, it's all in the nails right?
Motion is mostly from the elbow, wrist doesn't move much except for its natural movement. So you'd lead with your elbow. Form is very important in the left hand. Coming straight down on the strings so that you don't block strings inadvertently. Fundamentals are important. Good rest and free stroke. Make sure that you practice many hours on some days. When you're really warmed up...that's when the magic often happens. All of a sudden you're effortlessly playing things you couldn't play before. Play with people who are better than you. Get a good teacher. And yea, I sit wrong. I'm an old rock-n-roller, what can I say. (I do use a Dynerette cushion).There's a few of us out there. Grisha Goryachev comes to mind. But sitting in the more traditional way has more advantages than the way I sit. So I do recommend it. So do what I say, not what I do.
And yes fingernails are very important. I have perfect nails all of the time. This allows for complete prediction as to what my sound and touch will be....always. I can remove an old nail, put on a new one and be ready to play in 3 minutes. I can do that all day long if I want. I've been in fingernail heaven for many years now. It really is a great thing.