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    This is about classical guitar, but it can be translated to a quick movement (flick, if you will) of your hand/wrist at the stroke when using a plectrum. It also contributes to a clean attack without excessive noise, since the time that the plectrum is in contact with the string will be minimized. Furthermore, the upstrokes will be more defined; they often tend to become weaker than the downstrokes. You will also learn to use the right muscles in your hand/wrist for faster playing.

    “In his excellent book, The Natural Classical Guitar, Lee F. Ryan tells us the Pluck-Release (he calls it the Play-Relax) stroke:

    ‘... keep in mind that the Play-Relax stroke is done very fast in the same way as one flicks or snaps the fingers. Some students find it helpful to blow a quick puff of air out of their mouths right at the moment of making the stroke. The actual energy expenditure of each stroke is a burst that only lasts an instant; if done properly, the finger and hand will feel relaxed both before and immediately after the stroke. It will feel as if you have done almost nothing to produce the stroke because it happens so quickly. However, the sound of the stroke can be very powerful, depending on how strong the initial playing impulse was. With this technique you are truly doing less and accomplishing more.’”

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatsP
    This is about classical guitar, but it can be translated to a quick movement (flick, if you will) of your hand/wrist at the stroke when using a plectrum. It also contributes to a clean attack without excessive noise, since the time that the plectrum is in contact with the string will be minimized. Furthermore, the upstrokes will be more defined; they often tend to become weaker than the downstrokes. You will also learn to use the right muscles in your hand/wrist for faster playing.

    “In his excellent book, The Natural Classical Guitar, Lee F. Ryan tells us the Pluck-Release (he calls it the Play-Relax) stroke:

    ‘... keep in mind that the Play-Relax stroke is done very fast in the same way as one flicks or snaps the fingers. Some students find it helpful to blow a quick puff of air out of their mouths right at the moment of making the stroke. The actual energy expenditure of each stroke is a burst that only lasts an instant; if done properly, the finger and hand will feel relaxed both before and immediately after the stroke. It will feel as if you have done almost nothing to produce the stroke because it happens so quickly. However, the sound of the stroke can be very powerful, depending on how strong the initial playing impulse was. With this technique you are truly doing less and accomplishing more.’”

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    id love to see you video demonstrate this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Kleinhaut
    id love to see you video demonstrate this.
    Is it hard to grasp for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatsP
    Is it hard to grasp for you?
    . Yes, it is hard to grasp. Your description really doesn’t provide any information in actual application. The quote from the author does not either, though I could imagine if one were to read his book it would all be clear. A picture (video) is worth a thousand words. Please demonstrate.