Thank you for your generous feedback, FirminArchambault.FirminArchambault wrote: ↑Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:11 pmHi Ken,
Nice work! Your pieces are nice to hear. Your sound is neat.
I personally think that it just takes time train your fingers so you nee not worry too much on not achieving a satisfactory rest stroke. That will improve with time.
If you don't mind, by watching your videos I want to give you 2 advises.
1) I can see a bit of tension on your right hand, you could try to relax may help you a bit. It is like your phalanges are stitched together. Maybe if you practice arpegios you may little by little improve on those pieces.
2) You can open more your left arm to lift up your elbow, the angle you are using may give you too much tension in your wrist.
Thank you for great detailed advise, Nick Cutroneo.Nick Cutroneo wrote: ↑Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:56 pmKen, Great videos. And it's great to hear the Cordoba played so well! I've never had the pleasure of playing a C12, however your video certainly intrigues me.
If you don't mind a piece (or 2, or more) of advice. The issue with your pink and ring finger isn't about loosening them. It's about giving them "something to do". When playing the pinky becomes a receptacle for negative tension. It doesn't play a string, so many players ignore it because it "doesn't do anything". Thus it tightens up. In fact, you want to TRAIN your pinky to move with the A finger. To go further, in the two videos you posted, which use only P I and M, you want to train the A finger to move along with the M finger while playing. Thus when M plucks --- A and the pinky move with it. When M goes in, so does A and pinky. When M comes out, so does A and pinky. Give them a job, so that way they are doing something rather than being static fingers which tense up while playing.
Feel free to go to my website (http://www.nickcutroneoguitarstudio.com) and download my free stroke lessons (especially lesson 1 which develops this concept using IMA on open strings). Also if you have any questions, feel free to PM me!
Good luck - and keep going!
Any time! I hope you find the info helpful. You've got a great sound on that guitar, and are clearly doing a lot of good things. It'll take time for A and the Pinky to learn their role when playing, but it'll definitely help!Ken Kim wrote: ↑Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:50 pmThank you for great detailed advise, Nick Cutroneo.
This is just another very valuable info for beginner like me. So let them move along M with A+pinky and A with pinky. Got it now and will practice from today. I'll check on your website too. Thank you for looking out for me.