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  • Upstroke

    mmaddox wrote: »
    I am a classical player and understand rest strokes, but the angle and motion of upstrokes has me puzzled. If you angle the pick to strike upstrokes at a 45 degree angle away from the sound hole pointing down, it seems this would be a lot of wrist action, especially in tremelo. I am a newbie and this might seem uninformed, but that is my question.

    Here goes nothing..

    Imagine you are turning a door knob clockwise with your right hand. that is the motion we are looking for. The body works well in arcs and spirals and poorly in straight lines.

    Take that basic idea of that rotation and refine it thus. If you bend your wrist a little (don't worry about this being wrong, a bent wrist only causes problems when fixed or stiff ) then imagine a line from the thumb/plectrum to the elbow joint. On this line you will find the virtual centre of gravity/rotation of the arm when you are doing tremolo.

    If you can play with as much rotation as possible and as little sawing/up down as is necessary then you will be mechanically efficient as there is very very little net work done. Check out Eddie Van Halen playing tremolo, or Joscho or a Flamenco guitarist playing abanico or a balalika player or ud player or anything but someone who learned to pick from eighties rock magazines.

    It is the same for rhythm and single strings.
    You can do it all with your thumb playing rest strokes and adding only the minimum of upstrokes to make your lines achievable.

    On the other hand you can always muddle through with your classical technique and maybe steal something back from the pick guys, don't know why they should be bossin' over us.

    (still uploading at 13.23 gmt, give it an hour )

  • Notre Dame

    Thank you for your thoughts. This is very sad, but by chance there are no victims. The building has been seriously injured, but it will be rebuilt and Notre Dame will be even more beautiful in a few years. It's not the first our country has to face such an event
  • String gauge realization...

    Another possibility that I don't hear talked about is using a .0105 (i.e., a "10 1/2" ) string for the first string. They're readily available at some music stores and online.
  • Notre Dame

    If you haven't heard, Notre Dame Cathedral just survived a massive fire. Some historical relics survived, but it is unclear the extent of the damage at this point.

    This is a very significant piece of culture and history, particularly to the French, so if you have French friends - maybe take a moment to think of them.
  • Downward picking - La Bamba

    That is David Hidalgo of the group Los Lobos and he is playing a requinto jarocho a four-stringed twelve fret instrument native to Mexico. It is used in various forms of traditional Mexican folk and dance music played with a large stiff pick, the most common tuning being ADGC but there are other variations. Los Lobos made their name mixing Mexican music with rock in L.A. but they did make an album of more traditional Mexican tunes 'La Pistola y El Corazon' back in 1988; well worth checking out if you like that sound.
    jonpowljuandererBonesJojoBucosteffoBill Da Costa Williams
  • Gwen Cahue - Memories of Paris

    LOL I didnt know that the spleen was only known as the organ in English. Good to know!

    And Buco, to be accurate, Gwen Cahue does not live in Paris, but around Nantes (hence the name Memories of Paris). However, the disc was recorded in the famous studio LDC near Paris.
  • Would anyone have the chords to Pour Pierre by Amati Schmitt and share? - thx

    It seems pretty straight forward
    (although I expect there will be some nit picking to follow)

    ||:D | D° | E-7 | A7 | E-7 | A7 |D/B-7

    |D | D° | E-7 | A7 | E-7 | A7 | F#7| B7 |
    E-7| G-6 | D | B-7 | E-7 | A7 | D | A+ |

    Bonne chance!

  • Gwen Cahue - Memories of Paris

    Check out Gwen's new release if you haven't already (am listening on Spotify)

    Here's the teaser vid

    richter4208BucoScoredognomadgtrvanmalmsteenAndyWAndrew Ulle
  • Jean Barault oval hole

    So I'm curious, what took the place of Barault?
  • Vette chords

    speaking of old American classics, anybody notice that Vette B-section is same as the B-section of the jazz standard "Angel eyes" written in 1946 ?
    [ one year before Django recorded 'Vette' , I think]
    Wim Glenn
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