Gipsy jazz world...here is my opinion about the right hand technic controversy, let me know what you think, and what yours is, if any
I think that too many guitarists - instructors, and music schools emphasize way too much onto this superficial and physical aspect of the guitar performance, which has nowadays become one of the many distractions from what it is to actually learn music, play music, and express yourself.
I believe that your right hand will do the right thing at the right time, as long as your musical mind has a clear understanding of the following:
- Time's subdivision
- Clarity of the musical idea you are trying to express
- Internalization of forms
- Tone and dynamics
I could go more in details into this list, explain its stratification and what other qualities come from improving these fundamentals, but I won't do that now...that being said for the basics, that is it!!!
If any of these is lacking in your playing, you will experience at some point a loss of confidence and control during your performance, which will in 99% of the case impair your musicality. The 1% left is for that moment when you didn't really intend to play something, and it actually sounded good.
I understand that many guitar players don't know how to develop these fundamentals, and they are not to blame!
These points are actually very difficult to improve when you are on your own, and when you don't have the right teacher to guide you in your daily routine. Even more difficult when you have a teacher telling you the wrong things, and trust me I have been there, and it took me a few years to recover from it.
As a matter of fact, most online courses do not give you much insights onto how to strengthen these fundamentals, but instead sells you materials that are usable right away, licks, or entire transcriptions to learn, which on the long term, won't positively affect your technic and musicality on a deeper level.
Working on improving these fundamentals will improve your musicality on a deeper level, it will make you a better musician.
This is where the well know statement "this is not what you play, but how you play it", sits.
Improving these fundamentals will allow you to create a dynamic in your life that makes of everyday day an occasion to improve at a deeper level and allow you to reinvent yourself constantly, and always become a better version of yourself. The limits of this process are only the one you will set for yourself. Otherwise it is never ending.
Staring at someone's right hand won't give you any of this.
Please give me a favor, tell me I'm wrong!