The "trifecta" of right hand mastery:
The i finger is the cornerstone and the epicenter of the entire right hand system.
1. Lightness of placement of i on its string
2. Tightness/ narrowness/ immediacy of the i finger's tip joint's contractive trajectory during that joint's sole activation
* a clear symbiotic relationship exists between the above 2 axioms
3. Absolute assurance that each and every time the i finger is used, the i finger's tip joint's activation actually CAUSES the i finger's largest segment to kick out away from the palm to its original "zero point", or point of total relaxation...simultaneous with the pluck of i...NOT after it.
We must not forget to focus on the crucial symbiotic relationship that exists between the lightness of the placement of the finger on its string and the tightness, or narrowness, or immediacy of the tip joint's contractive trajectory during that joint's sole activation.
*A sticky piece of dust that is stuck up on the underside of the i finger's nail is being flung straight up, through the sole activation of the tip joint of i.... straight up so that it sticks upon the inside of the i finger's own large/ main knuckle joint.*
This occurs always and only from the most feather light placement possible and is combined with the absolute assurance that we are simultaneously allowing the largest segment of i to kick out, away from the palm, to the fullest extent possible.
In fact it is as if the pluck itself is causing the i finger's largest segment to kick out away from the palm to the fullest extent possible/ as is natural.
Since my discovery, which I have second guessed a million times since that amazing day, I had still been holding the largest segment of my i finger in toward the palm, artificially and unnaturally, at all times.
Yesterday I made a conscious effort to focus only on the i finger and literally (and aggressively/ with conviction) yank the i finger's string straight towards the i finger's own main knuckle joint, activating only the tip joint of i to do so, *ensuring that the largest segment of the i finger kicks up/ out away from the palm as far as is natural for it to do so, DURING (not after!) each and every stroke if i itself.
*During the tip joint's action, not after, the largest segment of i must return "out" to its "zero point", its position of relaxation, away from the palm. This unleashes the right hand in all scenarios, both free stroke and rest stroke. Note that the i finger's largest segment's "zero point" is further out, away from the palm, than we are often accustomed to:
My original discovery of 9-9-17, 10:45am central time U.S. works perfectly and shall stand forever!
Discovery was/ is:
Tip joint is sole activator of pluck, aiming plucking finger's tip precisely towards plucking finger's own main/ large knuckle joint as its intended target. Simultaneously relax the middle and main joints.
This results in simultaneous passive contraction at the middle joint and simultaneous passive extension at the main knuckle joint.
All movement at middle and main joints is sympathetic and passive, during the pluck. This passive movement at the larger two joints occurs as the result of the tip joint's contractive trajectory being so narrow and immediate that it attempts to direct the string straight towards the plucking finger's own main knuckle joint as its intended target.
Due to the laws of physics and geometry, what actually happens is that the string is directed downward, into the top of the instrument. This is true only if we execute precisely as I describe.
This entire process must occur only with the finger having been presented to the string with the most feather light possible touch from the main knuckle joint, which does in fact desist completely at the moment of pluck.
The most important (and difficult) finger to do this correctly and consistently with is the i finger due to its location adjacent to p and due to the fact that the i finger is the neurological leader of m and a.
There is a clear symbiotic relationship between the lightness of the presentation of the finger to the string and the tightness or narrowness or immediacy of the tip joint's contractive trajectory during that joint's sole activation.
"Lightness and tightness, a symbiotic relationship".
Rest stroke and free stroke employ the same technique; the only thing that changes with rest stroke is the orientation of the hand, such that the follow through the rest stroke is artificially terminated at the adjacent string.
36 years of playing flat wrong left me with a dystonic i finger, which also showed up as symptoms within other fingers. The i finger is the potential cog in the works due to its location adjacent to p, and it is also the neurological leader of m and a, thus its perfect adherence to all of these axioms is crucial.