OlgaVovk wrote: ↑
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:43 am
Dear Tom and Ed,
Here is my trying of Malagueña page 1
I noticed that my accords at the beginning have an emphasis on the high top note,
but I want them to sound more dark, I wonder if you could give me some advice on how to make it sound darker?
Hi Olga. This piece is a challenge and splitting it up (you have done this before) is a smart move. When you say "emphasis on high top note" I will assume the treble notes dominate when strumming the chords at the beginning of this piece?
I had a lot of trouble with the first two lines of the piece (strumming). I'd hit the wrong base notes, and my strumming tone was awful. Thumb control while strumming in what was for me initially, an awkward direction was terrible. I hated the sound I was getting! After a few weeks of this, I started to get a feel for thumb position and I could then control how loud the string sounded. I then focused on how the index and middle fingers were being "drug" across the strings in order to get the right strum sound. One thing at a time.....
Recall Ed's comment to me previously: hit the base note with your thumb, then up
stroke the chord with your index finger, then down stroke
with middle finger. I could not see your RH in the video but I thought I'd mention it anyway. It is the angle at which your index and middle finger(nail) hits those strings that controls how loud those treble notes are sounding while strumming. Controlling the angle of the finger tips will take time to accomplish.
I believe this style of strumming (index finger up then middle finger down) is a very useful playing skill/tool. So I'm going to keep at it, trying it on some of the other chord-based exercises we did this year.