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jpipper17 wrote: »
Is this la pompe any better? Do you still think I need to cut the up stroke out for now, or can I build up on this? Brutal honesty folks.
Brad Herman wrote: »
I like this idea of a forum space for feedback. Most people I feel aren't lucky like we are in the Bay Area to have so many great GJ players and instructors. I'd love to see more of this.
Here's an update. I kinda like the strong roll feel of making each down stroke almost the same dynamic. Adrien moignard describes it in one of his videos. Anyways, I'd love some constructive criticism.
It's good. Only I don't think the 2 and 4 should ever be muted as much. There's still very soft pressure on the strings, not enough to sound a chord but it's not simply muting the strings, at least when it comes to this style of rhythm playing. When you make a chord on both 1/3 and 2/4 that sounds better. That's on the first short listen, I'd have to listen again to dissect more...
I assumed the muting isn't 'right,' for lack of a better term, but I just do that because it really feels good. But the parts where I didnt mute it?
I'm with ya. I've taken the approach of ditching the upstroke for now. It's the decision I've made, but the goal is to get what they have.
Hi John, I watched your video. First and foremost you need to loosen up your wrist while you're playing. The wrist shouldn't be straight and locked but loose and slightly bent, allowing it the freedom to move.
Second, I highly recommend watching the first 4 minutes of this video over and over until you understand everything.
Yaakov Hoter does a great job explaining and demystifying the complexities of gypsy swing rhythm, especially the elusive "upstroke" everyone talks about. The upstroke is easier to learn when you understand it's actually part of an up-down movement emulating the ride cymbal of a drummer. Think of it as one movement, an up-down stroke. (This requires a loose wrist to execute, which is why you're having difficulty with the upstroke)
The second movement is a quick downstroke, emulating the high hat of a drummer. He explains it all in the first 4 minutes. Super helpful stuff: