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02-13-2018, 06:12 PM #481- Lawson
"Whenever you come near the human race, there's layers and layers of nonsense." - Thornton Wilder, Our Town
02-13-2018, 06:16 PM #482
three finger technique
BTW at no point is the argument for me 4 fingers bad 3 fingers good.
I’ve always use all 4. Early classical training. I’m not going to stop now.
The argument is ‘3 fingers with a pronated hand and thumb over is a different and valid school of technique.’
Miles Okazaki actually retrained himself to play this way afaik.
OTOH you have many great players who use 4 fingers. I’m not sure Lage Lund with his small hands would have adapted naturally to a 3 fingered technique.
And there are some who really cannot thumb fret.
Advantage of classical technique - it works for everyone.
02-13-2018, 06:20 PM #483
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02-13-2018, 06:26 PM #484
three finger technique
Also bear in mind classical guitar technique as we understand it is quite young - especially the right hand. 17th, 18th and 19th century players employed different techniques on different instruments.
Segovia was waging a PR campaign to make the guitar acceptable as a concert instrument. It served him well to have a legit technique that looked different from flamenco, jazz and folk players, although it undoubtedly served the needs of playing, say, Bach.
To give an idea - Julian Bream was largely self taught. There was no guitar teacher at the Royal College. The pedagogy is YOUNG - hence the fact that new players are constantly raising the technical bar.
In fact the pedagogy is pretty much contemporary with plectrum guitar.
Last edited by christianm77; 02-13-2018 at 06:53 PM.
02-13-2018, 06:32 PM #485
I'm going to post this cos I love it :-)
Same piece, different posture:
02-13-2018, 06:39 PM #486
02-13-2018, 06:42 PM #487
By lengthening your strap and wrapping your thumb around the neck you minimize the strain on your wrist .. but doing that kinda forces you into the 3 finger thing.
But my wrist just isn't what it used to be. I've been forced to go down in string gauge and even if when I don't do much in terms of vibrato and bending, it is still just preferable for me to be in the 3 finger position with the thumb over the neck most of the time.
02-13-2018, 06:44 PM #488
02-13-2018, 06:47 PM #489
But that's by the by.... Left hand technique is pretty constant, although early players play more heavy articulation from the left hand facilated by lower tension strings, Dai (David) Miller told me, also makes nailless playing easier and more projecting... You can hear that in the Baroque guitar players, left hand legato or what?
Maybe 15th century lutenist played thumb over lol...
02-13-2018, 08:53 PM #490
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02-14-2018, 07:29 AM #491
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I don't really worry about this question because I just tend to use whichever approach best facilitates the music at any given moment.
I was classically trained, so from the start I was used to using all 4 fingers equally. Later I played rock guitar so then I tended to use 3 fingers since it's all based on blues, string bending etc.
Now with jazz I will use either technique without even thinking about it. The 3 finger thing is good for any kind of blues-based, pentatonic type phrasing where you slur a lot of LH notes or use vibrato, because the 1st and 3rd fingers are so strong. But for complicated chromatic bebop-type runs, using all 4 fingers seems better. So I will switch instantly between the two as the phrases demand it, in fact I probably just see it all under one umbrella of 'jazz guitar technique'.
But I can see that a natural approach if you are self-taught is to rely on the 3 'strongest' fingers, so it may be harder to start using all 4 if you've always done it that way.
02-14-2018, 05:18 PM #492