Salvatore Lovinello wrote:
Observation and question....
I've just become aware of my string plucking hand position. After looking closely at the maestro's hand position as well as Cao's I see that the hand is not held flatly with the wrist unbent. It seems to be extended with a bent wrist. Is this to bring the nails more into play and/or be able to play with a jacket and cufflinks? It seems to be a standard position with the professionals and more advanced players. If so this another bad habit I need to break. In order to keep excessive posts to minimum I will thank all who respond in advance.
After re-reading this I think you might have been talking about something else...
Looking from above the right hand can be:
1. bent upward or downward from the wrist (flat/curve)
2. bent sideways to the thumb (not likely) or to the pinky from the wrist (straight/bent)
3. tilted toward to pinky or to the thumb
I was referring to 2. in my last post. For 1. and 3., generally the hand surface is held more or less parallel to the soundboard with a curve wrist. For me a flat wrist is more comfortable but it's harder for the thumb to pluck. I find the simultaneous rest stroke exercises give a balanced hand position regarding to both the thumb and the fingers. About 3., RobMacKillop, a member of our forum, who plays without nails and can produce amazing sound, tilts his right hand to and extreme to the pinky. It's all personal and depends on your unique hand anatomy.