Happy Holidays, gypsy brothers and sisters. Here's a two-fer topic for your consideration.
I've been studying the "Dark Eyes" solos, especially the one on Stochelo's site, and noted that he likes to run those fast diminished arpeggio runs primarily with his 1st and 3rd fingers (In fact, I think I've even heard him stated that he often prefers primarily his 1st three fingers because they are stronger.) I've kind of adopted that approach and noticed that it has some advantages, especially when double-downstroking it. I'm trying to get used to doing it all of the time, but there's a notable difference sweeping down versus going in the opposite direction. I'm also retraining my brain/fingers/coordination to get used to the idea. There are, however, times when using the 1st and 4th fingers makes more sense. This causes my brain some confusion and it manifests itself as fumbled notes. Just wondering how ya'll may have approached this problem.
Also, I may have mentioned that I picked up an L5 copy called "The Loar" awhile back. It's a nice looking blond f-hole acoustic that is a tremendous sounding rhythm machine. What I didn't realize when I bought it (used at Guitar Center with funky old strings and a rigged contact pickup) was that it is a short scale guitar.
The connection in my post is this: not only are the diminished arpeggios easier to play, just about everything is easier to play. I noticed a very nice Dupont short scale Michael's got for sale and I have occasionally seriously thought of going all short scale. Does anyone play these on a regular basis? Do any pros prefer them for some reason? Do they have a characteristic sound?
Thanks for all comments.