Gipsy jazz world...here is my opinion about the right hand technique 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 playing music, and expressing 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 intended to be played
- Internalization of forms
- Tone and dynamics (widely responsible for the famous quote "It's not what you play, it's how you play it".
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 I can't blame anyone because this was for may years the story of my life.
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, and give you a quality feedback.
It is even more difficult to improve these fundamentals when you have a teacher telling you to work on the wrong things, or telling you to work on the right things the wrong way and trust me I have been there, and it took me a few years to recover from bad teachers. Luckily I also had a few great one.
Speaking of online education, most courses do not give you much insights onto how to strengthen these fundamentals, but instead sell you materials that are usable right away, licks, or entire transcriptions to learn, which on the long term, won't positively affect your technique and musicality on a deeper level. Now a good question to ask ourselves could be: "Is it better to learn a solo note for note, or to understand the creative process behind it?".
All of that to only say that working on improving these fundamentals will improve your musicality on a deeper level, it will make you a better musician, regardless of the instrument or the type of music you play. It will help you to cope with new difficulties in a more grounded manner.
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 we will set for ourselves. 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!