lacatedral wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:24 am
You stated there are youtube videos of guitarists playing with collapsing and non collapsing (in free stroke, as the thread context defines).
Could you refer us to some concrete examples?
Sorry, I don't remember the examples and I don't have time now to search them back. But I didn't pay that detailed attention to remark if only 'a' finger is collapsing while the 'i' finger is not. What about their finger length, nail etc. Fingertip will not collapse to some people even if they are relaxed, they simply don't have this joint flexibility.
In my experience I would just say that it is not the use of collapsing or non-collapsing that will make you play fast. I thinke we can play fast enough with either of them. Some people argue that collapsing is worse because it requires wider movement to pass over the string. It is a reasonable argument, but I think even with collapsing we can be fast enough. Maybe to be even faster the collapsing would make some difference, but I see little musical application, except for showing off pure speed.
To me and important point is that you have to work adpating your technique to something that feels easier, so you can play in an easier way almost immediatly. If you just imitate someone, some rule, or some recommendation by the teacher and it doesn't feel easier in a few days, than it is worthless. Maybe should work enhancing your internal perception first, try out all different things, figure out and test yourself what is easier. To become effortless, one must develop the feeling for "effortlessness".
Our internal tensions and acquired habits several times fake our correct feeling. I think trying different approaches help us develop a path. I like a comparison I've heard from a Fendelkrais teacher, that working and releasing our internal tensions is like untying a tangle of matted wool. If you loose some part too much, you may tight a knot somewhere else, and vice-verse. So you have to gradually release everywhere, or maybe you find the main knot and suddenly release everything at once.