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AmundLauritzen wrote: »
One good example is Stochelo Rosenbergs technique for ascending diminished arpeggios using all downstrokes, but not rest strokes! The down strokes are obviously very light, but Stochelo has spent decades calibrating this movement so that it's probably as natural to him as breathing is to us. We don't breathe manually, and neither does he have to think about those dim arpeggios, they just happen.
MattHenry wrote: »
Another thing to note in the Q&A video from Christiaan above: it's a good idea to learn to "skim" the top with the fingernails of your pinky and ring fingers. Often players from other backgrounds end up "posting" with straight fingers and their fingertips on the top to measure the distance to the strings more easily or whatever. Posting makes gypsy picking all but impossible; your only two options are to "float" with no fingers on the top or to skim. For me, skimming offers more control and than floating. I used to be a floater but on higher energy tunes or louder stuff my motion would get bigger and my technique would suffer. Christiaan's wrist and picking technique is just what I'd teach and what I try to do myself.
Here's my favorite Romane clip (he's a floater):
And here's Adrien and Gonzalo (both skimmers):
Almost none of the younger cats use those fat gypsy picks btw. They all use 2mm or 1.5mm Dunlops held sideways. I switched to the sideways Dunlop and it's good living after an admittedly awkward transition period.
Jazzaferri wrote: »
If my memory is not playing tricks on my from school days.......rhe kinetic energy of a body in motion varies as the square of the speed.
So if one needs to impart x amount of energy toa string to get the volume desired........playing with a fast relaxed stroke (for example twice as fast ) and the string is moved the same distance around the end of the pick the fast stroke will impart 4 times the energy into the steing and the attack will be faster and crisper.
Lots of different iterations but hopefully the concept is clear.