zinc1024 wrote:Am I the only one really bothered by these videos?
Our hand/wrist general stays straight all the time as we move our arm around, and it doesn't take any particular "tension" to do so. I'd say straight is the "natural" position of our wrist and hand relative to our arm, NOT flippy-floppy based on wherever earth gravity is pulling the hand.
Zinc, The last sentence is true IF the arm is hanging down, totally relaxed (with the aid of gravity) at 90 degrees as when we are out walking or doing nothing in particular. However, I have never seen a guitarist play with the arm-hand unit coming down in a rectilinear manner - most players angle their arm (to varying degrees) from the top bout at a point more or less in line with the bridge, towards the soundhole (pointing more towards the left leg rather than the right). As can be seen in videos of Segovia, John Williams et al the hand is allowed to relax, rather than kept up (which inevitably induces some tension - the 'particular tension' you mention might be acceptable to you but is not, ipso facto, a norm) in line with the arm; the amount of relaxation will be reduced when the hand is angled deliberately to facilitate a change of attack/timbre. If your right arm is in the common position on the top bout and the forearm is angled to wards your left leg (rather than directly down towards the right leg) let your hand completely relax so the weight creates a 'droop' when the hinge at the wrist is allowed to react to gravity - you may not immediately like it (or ever), but no musician should avoid experimentation with old and new techniques, particularly when the efficacy of an 'old' methodology is well proven by the greatest players. Ironically, the 'modern' technique you mention has more in common with the 'older' one used by Sor et al and is facilitated by the use of 'louder' guitars and amplification.