I do not have any bend in my thumb joint... my fingers also quite longer and thinner than Segovia' and imae in one line which let me use all 5 fingers on my right hand all the time. I always completely cut my thumb fingernail - if not cut it always tend to stuck in the strings (because of no bend in the joint)Zach S wrote:Quite recently, I've become increasingly dissatisfied with my posture - just a general feeling that something is a bit 'off'. One of the roots of this might lie in my right hand technique: it seems that although my ima fingers are more or less perpendicular to the strings, I hold my thumb parallel to them and as such am stuck with using only skin with the thumb.
The natural remedy, I thought to myself, was to go and observe a virtuoso. And so I did. A short search later, I was examining Segovia, in all his glory, as he plucked away.
Copyrighted music search Segovia Villa-Lobos
I feel as if though I can learn and improve my own posture through observing his. Two things I noticed,
i) The extreme bend of his thumb, which I also happen to possess,
ii) The efficiency of his ima fingers - honestly, it seems as if though he hardly moves them towards the beginning
Would one's right hand technique be very different if they did not in fact have any bend in the thumb joint? Another question that pops into mind is how the fingernail ramps scale with the fingers angle to the strings? I seem to hold mine at 80 degrees and so I've tried filing steeper ramps, but yes, still working towards a fuller tone.
((... I wonder if I'm beating about the bush too much and haven't really asked any questions so far.))
Or maybe even try to play in standing/moving position toostrumalong wrote:Everyones fingers are different sizes and shapes. What works for Segovia may not necessarily work for you. Just focus on what's comfortable and what gives you the best tone. (I'm not going into nails)
You may also benefeit from a guitar support. You really haven't got much to lose, and it may improve your whole technique and posture (it did for me). Besides, you can always go back to footstools.
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