Of course the MCP is releasing during the stroke, how else would fingers ever return to playing position! Guitbox maintains that the MCP starts extending the moment the other joints start flexing. This is indeed one way of playing the guitar, even the most common if you wish. But it is not the only way. And some, including no less than Shearer, maintain it is not the best way.
I'm surprised a teacher of your knowledge and experience considers this a discovery. Even I as a part-time teacher with a fraction of your experience have known this to be the way many concert guitarists play. It just never seemed relevant. A long time ago I realized there are 'world class' players with merely adequate technique, ones with good technique, and a select few with truly great technique, and decided that only the last group is relevant for my studies. I don't know any good reason why the technique of 'most pros' and not that of the select few should be used as a model for ourselves and our students.
Maybe because you are a good teacher.I personally don't have the experience of successfully teaching this action
I have no experience teaching beginners but I have experience teaching improvers, and most of them are playing as Guitbox describes, and most of my effort is spent on helping them change it.I would welcome input from anyone who has successfully and regularly taught guitbox's discovery to beginners.
I had the same surprise.Alexander Kalil wrote: ↑Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:30 pmI'm surprised a teacher of your knowledge and experience considers this a discovery. .
There are some guitarist intentionally use that motion. The reason in the video that show that motion in most of Guit box's video is the tension of the string. Try making that motion fast without using the guitar.( just your fingers) will make a video soon.Soundminer wrote: ↑Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:19 pmHe is right about the MCP releasing instead of flexing during freestroke...not actively though, but there is no tension in it.
I actually don't think there is another way to do it correctly without getting in 'your own way'.
But I have some remarks,
This only goes for freestroke, where the mcp lifts up the string...or pulls up, before plucking from the middle joint
hence the term..PULGAR
The trick is to let all the tension go from the mcp and transfer it to the middle joint ( while holding on to the string) which then plucks out and away from the guitar. This is a feeling that is very hard to describe or teach.
Reststroke is different in that it's the reverse. The mcp does the pushing through the string and it is vital that you relax the other two joints ( enough)
I think some players actually play a reststroke but have positioned their wrist and arm in such a way that the pluck misses the next string.
You can call that a freestroke but it's very unnatural to do so.
I think that is where all the discussion and confusion comes from.
I’ve no idea what this means.The trick is to let all the tension go from the mcp and transfer it to the middle joint (while holding on to the string) which then plucks out and away from the guitar.