Hi everyone, I am a bluegrass player, I bought the Gypsy Picking book and want to try the style. I'll be grateful to anyone who is willing to share some knowledge about following issues:
1) Do I need to give up bluegrass altogether? Did anyone try to use the rest stroke technique in bluegrass, fiddle tunes, etc.?
2) Gypsy Jazz, unlike bluegrass, seems to beplayed on very light strings. Is this necessary for the technique?
3) I find one problem with the rest stroke technique - you dampen the string your pick comes to rest on. If you, say, play a note on the G string and then perform a rest stroke on the D string, you dampen the vibrating G string with your pick. How do you overcome this? Bluegrass players generally try to keep the strings sounding as long as possible.
Thanks for any ideas on these and to Michael for the impressive amount of work he put in his book.