Same here, unless I put more string length between the thumb and other finger, and I'm not sure whether I'm supposed to be doing that.Joseph Albert wrote:I agree with Peter, the most difficult is when only one string separates the p and i or p and m. I have to be very delicate or my fat fingers just mute both strings.
Hi drBill, you might want to try going on to the other studies, and then doing a little bit of each, every day. Otherwise you may run out of time to practice the last ones you start on.drBill wrote:I am finding it a bit of a struggle and haven't progressed to the studies yet - still trying to master "Polyphonie"
I had the exact same problem/discovery, but instead on trying to get more flesh, I tried to focus on getting just the right amount of nail sticking out to catch the string w/ min. buzz, and realized that I really needed to work on the precision of the movement, i.e. reducing the amplitude of travel of your finger reduces the amount of energy needed to sound the string, allows me to increase the speed of execution while getting even more volume (well, when I manage to hit it "just right"!!!) What makes me believe I'm on the right track is that in the process my right hand has stopped moving all over the place... Still quite a ways to go for me, I'm afraid!! sigh!Jack Jarrett wrote:I have found that my longer nails did cause nail drag and buzzing but after trimming I was able to eliminate that for the most part.I found that if I angled my hand I was able to use more flesh, but after viewing Mr. Delcamp video I think this might be incorrect.
Thanks for the tip, I'm going to try that...Jack Jarrett wrote:I read somewhere that concentrating on the string the finger is going to land on rather than the string being played helps with the rest stroke, and for me it does seem to help to play them faster.
yes, listening to your recording, it sounds like your thumb is still playing really shy, especially since your melody is loud and clear... Maybe you're not digging enough into these bass string, I don't know.. How much flesh are you using on the bass?Jack Jarrett wrote:And like most other posters on this thread, the thumb is the hardest to master, especially those areas where one string seperates the two fingers.
Hi, just how long should your nails be? I have filed my nails to about 0.5-1mm long (with a slight ramp) now and I still can't do the p rest stroke with i+m at the same time.Jack Jarrett wrote:I have found that my longer nails did cause nail drag and buzzing but after trimming I was able to eliminate that for the most part. ]
I keep the mental image of snapping my fingers, that seems to help with simultaneous rest strokes. But still difficult to control the sound produced. Just have to practice a lot more, I guess. Played Danse D'Avilla until my SO got sick of it. Heh.Charlesoln wrote:W/regards to the difficult part where the thumb is only one string away, I've tried thinkin of it as "twisting" a winged nut open, it helped a little, but I'm still struggling...
Yes; and also aiming for the string(s) the fingers will rest on, with a crisp, controlled motion. Plus keeping the fingernails very short -- I brought mine down to only 1 mm of white for this, otherwise it just seems impossible.Irene_T wrote:I keep the mental image of snapping my fingers, that seems to help with simultaneous rest strokes.
Ain't that the truth! I can play the pieces better when there isn't a camera pointed at me. (I'm doing DO2 too, but on the Spanish forum.) Don't worry, it will get smoother with a week of practice.Jack Jarrett wrote:just trying to record a good take has been an added pressure, and I find myself making huge mistakes from trying so hard to do it right!
Hi Jack, Firstly thanks for your kind comments on my attempts and videos. You've done a really nice version of Que Ne Suis-Je La Fougere - I particularly like the way the melody comes out in bars 9/10 and elsewhere. I'm hoping to do that piece too, but it's trying to get the damping right without causing everything else to fall apart! As you say, back to work.......Jack Jarrett wrote:Here is my attempt at "Que ne suis-je la fougere"