Alice Artzt comments about wrist, posted on a Brazilian forum
"Most interesting, though my Portuguese is not up to completely figuring out everything. If I understand, some people are concerned about my having a too bent wrist - and I see this with a lot of people everywhere who think the wrist has to be totally straight to work well. I agree that theoretically this would be a nice thing to have, but with the guitar I feel it is quite impossible to have a straight wrist and still have the hand hanging totally relaxed as Presti did - and as I did also. For me that relaxation is SOOO important, and gives so much additional strength and stability to the hand, that the little you might possibly lose in speed seems not worth worrying about - and as far as speed is concerned, look at Presti who played faster than pretty much anyone, and with a huge big full rich tone as well. Most other people playing fast end up sounding like a pair of knitting needles from the back of the hall. Since I tried pretty much every other position before encountering Presti, I can personally testify that I surely would not have had the career I did had I not started playing the way Presti taught. Changing to that made a HUGE and IMMEDIATE difference in my playing - in just 3 weeks, I could do everything I did before but much better and with a much bigger sound and much more easily with more security. All this worrying about tendons seems to me foolish - my tendons are doing fine, and though by now, not having practiced really at all for something like 15 years, I certainly don't have the technique I had, I still can make a very strong sound and my right hand still works pretty well generally - just not as fast as I used to be, for total lack of practice. The people I see having big right hand problems when they get into their middle age - and there are a LOT of them - are the ones playing with a straight wrist held relatively low. They have to have the strength to hold that position against the counter impulse of the fingers plucking more or less up, and that is hard and wears out the tendons on the upper part of the forearm that have to react quickly with each pluck to keep the fingers acting independently. That whole syndrome is perhaps something I should do a video about some time since it does affect a lot of people - and stops a lot of careers in their tracks. And the only guitarists I know of who actually cured themselves of this disease are a few who went to doing the Presti technique instead of what they had been doing. Having that strong support and being so very relaxed gives you a lot of strength and power and gets you using the base joint of the finger for most of the work, which is the one joint that can be totally independent without a fight. If Presti had lived longer, I think that technique might have become much more predominant. A lot of people misunderstand it also - I have had MANY people come to me and, to illustrate, put their hands and wrists in some weird contortion to show me how they had tried the Presti technique but couldn't do it or that it hurt them to try etc. If it hurts or makes problems, then they are doing it wrong. That shows they didn't figure it out at all. The whole point is the relaxation and the fact you gain so much power from being so well supported and using the hand and fingers they way they were designed to work, rather than working against all that. I must say I do find it a great pity that more people do not use the Presti technique - it really saved my life and career, and would help others that way too if they tried it (doing it correctly). Well that is only a short part of the whole explanation but anyway - thanks for posting all that stuff."