Greetings, I'm intending to post a thread, in a short future, about a very serious and long issue that I seem to have.
It's going to be more detailed on that further post though. I'm just posting this out of curiosity as a manner of poll.
I was wondering, if anyone of you or perhaps you may know someone, who collapses their fingertip joints when performing a FREE STROKE.
-I am very aware that it is possible and "valid" to do it in rest strokes, but I have no interest in that kind of stroke... I mean, I like how it sounds but at 90-100% of the time I am playing with free stroke.
-I am aware that actually, it's "valid" to collapse fingertip joint when performing free stroke, but ONLY at some instances. Say if you were playing something slower and more delicate, well, then it would be valid to do so. BUT if you have to play Etude 1 of Villa-lobos, or Las Abejas by Agustín Barrios, a tremolo piece, Prelude 2 of Villa-Lobos, well... it is not that good.
>Disvantages: as the fingertipjoint is "weaker" then it must travel a greater distance into the heel of the palm, thus reset time is increased: raw speed decreases. Also, as the fingertip joint is weaker, a little bit more of tension must be applied thus (to play a forte or fortissimo), resistance decreases with faster passages. As the angle created is wider as mentioned in this paragraph, the accuracy goes down a little bit (reset time is increased and also the finger must find the strings with more difficulty). And as final flaw, the finger gets "caught" with the string sometimes.
I know there is a "clawing" effect with beginners, but I'm nowhere near of being a beginner right now, as a matter of fact in July-August I will be finishing my major degree con classical guitar. None of my professors (private or conservatoire ones) could solve the problem in all the career. They aknowledge the problem but it seems to be VERY ODD. The clawing effect is making the main thrust come from the tip joint instead of knuckle.
The main thrust I use is as described by Tennant, "comes from the knuckle". I use a lot of Pumping Nylon concepts
I tried a LOT of stuff, a highly technique routine for years now, with plantings, quick preps, changing hand positions, speed bursts, formulas and drills derivated from Giuliani's 120, Carlevaro's books, and drills derivated from music piece I prepare. Nothing works. Slow motion movements of my fingers, etc...Even tried using tape on my joints for months. Doesn't work. Also tried stiffening my tipjoint instead of letting it loose, still collapses at higher speeds.
Also tried changing hand posture... knuckles upper, knuckles down.. always with a rect arm but at the same time with no tension. No luck
I also avoid excess of tension at all times, but it does not work.
PS: I don't have any "remarkable natural flaw", such as being, for the sake of an example, being inept at picking stuff with my hands, or being on a wheel chair, or had surgery on my body parts, etc... It just seems extremely odd and frustrating.
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