Well, obviously using any kind of stroke at any given point is an option. You have the option to play an ascending arpeggio with A-M-I, but I don't think anyone would do it. What I meant by saying that it is not an option, for example in Sor 17, is that it is not an option if you want to play it properly. I would like to a hear a rendition of Sor 17 played all free stroke. Perhaps someone can tell me where I can listen to that. If there is in fact a delineation of the melodic line in such a rendition, it will only be accomplished by lightening up or changing the character of the accompaniment. So yes, of course that would delineate the melodic line, but only because of relativity. That does not alter the fact that in an absolute sense the melodic line will be weaker in general, since no free stroke will ever have the fullness of a rest stroke. Yes, I know a well executed free stroke can have body, but all things being equal, it can never have the body and fullness of a well executed rest stroke. As for the velocity comment, I qualified what I said about free strokes by alluding to "rapid scale passages" and "at a very fast tempo." Certainly scale passage can be played fast all free stroke, and I do just that â€“ when the tempo calls for it. And I was not suggesting that all runs be played rest stroke. But in general terms, at a certain tempo a rest stroke is superior. And yes, I have a flamenco background, and in flamenco runs are always executed rest stroke. But again, that does not alter the fact that at a very fast tempo you cannot play a run free stroke with the velocity and body that you can play it rest stroke. I defy any classical guitarist to play a run free stroke at the tempo of Paco de Lucia, or of any of the leading flamenco guitarists.
Yes, we know Sor didn't use rest strokes. Mozart and Bach didn't use Finale computer composing software either. And Sor also didn't play with nails. Without getting into THAT discussion, I think the vast majority of classical guitarists today would agree that playing with nails is far superior. But using nails or not is . . . an option.
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