burtong wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:03 am
Squeaking can be annoying and can be (as you will read in other posts) perhaps the only thing that an audience gets out of a performance. OK, that's a bit extreme; but it gets noticed. So, kudos to you for noticing and wanting to do something about it. I can offer a couple of suggestions that have worked for me (1) if the squeak happens with your hand in the second position that you describe, then start it in the second position to avoid that shift. This may be useful in the short term but (2) practice the move in isolation. Just go from one chord shape to the other, back and forth, and work on eliminating the squeak. This may be tiring so take your time and (3) work on other stretching exercise to strengthen and limber up your hand so that the stretch does not require as much gymnastics. You will find that your hand will not always be perpendicular, etc., etc., the main thing is beautiful music. Focus on that, as you are.
Thank you for the suggestions burtong -- the one thing I need to clarify I think, is that there is no "shift" of FRET positions involved. It's just different fingerings within the SAME barred position. So for instance, while holding the barre, if the bass notes need to continue to sustain while the chord changes or the melody is played, then that is when the index/barre sometimes "rotates" a little (for me unavoidably) and that's where the squeak comes from. It's louder than other squeaks I think because of the extra pressure required for the barre.
My instructor is a great performer/musician and an accomplished classical guitarist, and he feels that some string noise (like with other stringed instruments also) is just "part of the nature of the instrument," but as you say, for an audience (at least an "uneducated one") it affects their opinion of the performance.
But hey -- ultimately, are we playing for them, or for ourselves...?
But your suggestions are well-taken and I appreciate them.