Terpfan wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:13 am
Matt Palmer's technique is phenomenal,(especially scales) is it too clean and effortless that it actually sounds slower than it is?? Or the lack of percussive rest stroke sound is the culprit??
Hmm, good ear. It is objectively a bit slower(*) - 160-180(x4) range. Subjectively, it does not sound as clean, separated, and impressive as the same speed rest stroke scale. The slurs here and there probably contribute.
You are right about Rijos - he plays the intro scales in HVL Etude 7 in the range of 180-200(x4).
Also, 180(x4) is more like a warm-up speed for Paco de Lucia and some other flamencos of the younger generation. Paco's speed in scales was usually in the range 200-220(x4) in the Trio period (e.g. Friday Night in San Francisco album and concerts) when the pieces played were a bit more a show-off for the audience. This was absolutely effortless for him, which means he could go faster.
Flamenco guitarist Rafael Cortés has a video on youtube where he nails a descending scale at 230-240(x4) rest stroke, though the i-m alternation is combined with sweep picking with i
when string-crossing, if I remember correctly (though that may be just what he was showcasing, meaning that he probably can
do the same with strict i-m alternation as well).
Of course speedy picado is just a technique - there in service of the musical idea when called upon; not an end goal.
(*) Though I am surprised you picked that up. I've noticed that our brains tend to perceive fast notes spanning large pitch range, as in a 2-3 octave picado scale, as faster than the same objective speed but single string notes back and forth confined to a fourth, say, or even just one note repeated at the same speed.