Good afternoon, how are you all? I am new to the group; but, I have been a Djangobooks customer several times. I live in Bakersfield, Ca. Home of Buck Owens. There is no Sinti Jazz scene here, nor have I met any people whom are aware of Sinti (Rom or Manouche) Jazz. I attempted learning the "Gypsy Rhythm" book. But, I am at a point where some further explanation will help me continue.
When the side of my Wegen "Trimus" moves across the strings, it glides smoothly. The sound produced, however, is rather quiet and "swooshy". The sound I want is more punchy, like the sound board is bouncing the archtop. I believe my sound problem is due to the use of the side of the pick.
So, I tried using the tip. When strumming with the pointed side of the plectrum, I find my hand is jerked by the resting of the pick on any one of the strings. My pick will grab and hold on. Using gravity and letting my hand fall does not help. I attempted to change the angle of my pick, but to no avail. My question is how can I get a smooth strum, but punchy- bouncing- swinging rhythm with my plectrum?