Thanks very much, Ronjazz, for your kind reply. And thank you for the Aaron Shearer affirmation. I've known Christopher Berg for many years and have attended several of the workshops he used to be allowed to do as part of the USC summer programs. USC changed the game and that was the end of a great classical guitar offering. I do have a copy of that book which I'll retrieve. I will take a look at the Frederick Hand videos.ronjazz wrote:It's certainly a relevant discussion. The Presti technique is for those few whose wrist can bend at that rather abnormal angle, and not recommended for someone such as you. The Shearer Method is solid and well-researched, and I would highly recommend Christopher Berg's "Mastering the Guitar: Technique and Essence" from Mel Bay publications; Chris studied with Shearer, and has a very deep understanding of current methodology based on sports medicine research. If you nails are catching, they may be a little too long or not filed in the appropriate shape for your approach.
I have played for 50 years, and I find the footstool to be fine, but many have problems with it. I like to use a strap and stand up while practicing as well, it's better for your back and general posture. I also recommend very slow practicing for 5-10 minute segments to realign your position and improve your tone. Check our Frederic Hand's instructional video on Youtube, it's very well-done and he has a relaxed and no-BS approach with some great examples of simple exercises to get the right hand into a good attitude. Good luck!
Thanks, guys. Out comes the Berg book along with the Shearer book. I made good progress today. Change inspires!kmurdick wrote:As a ex-Shearer student, I've known Berg since he was a kid. What astro64 is saying is correct.
And a good teacher is worth a hundred videos.astro64 wrote:I would just add, if you are interested in getting good tone and good habits for RH position etc, a good video is worth more than a dozen books. You just can't get the information from a description and a few photos or drawings.
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