In Gypsy Picking, you talk about a lot of different ways of holding the 3-4-5 fingers of the right hand, emphasizing that they should never rest on the top but more or less float freely, and that many players brush the top lightly as they play. You also mention that the fingers should be somewhat curled - as I understand it, starting with them curled like in a fist and then relaxing them somewhat.
Is there a disadvantage to letting those fingers relax completely and hang loose? I've been playing that way for decades (in other styles, just recently becoming a GJ enthusiast)? I still keep them off the top and just brush them over it (or in this case, over the pickguard, since I am still stuck with playing on an archtop, but I'm working on that!).
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