syrinx666pan wrote:When I was reading an Interview with Stepan Rak I knew some of his guitar methods and they inspire me well. This is where I learned that you must bring out "music" herself out of the guitar and not over-value the "instruments technicality".
However I've been thinking if his innovation on the right hand fingering could step into the mainstream. He uses the front of his nails and also uses the x finger. His reason is to balance the body because not all parts of the hands were used in the guitar, as in the case of the thumb on the left hand and the pinkie on the right hand.
When I asked this to my professor in music, he just told me that Segovia didn't need his x finger or the front of his nails in order to produce a better tone in the guitar.
(I never asked him another question ... I'm afraid we go to a debate that he might take in paranoia and screw me out of school, hehe. And he's short-tempered often)
There are all sort of interesting ideas, theories, "new" ways to approach technique. It is good to know about them. But for too many of use they are just side-roads that take us away from practicing and working on bettering our guitar skills. Too many distractions, not enough focus. Good tone can only be learned through practice, practice, practice.