I have a couple questions that the Gypsy Picking book didn't quite address.
1) what is the point of the "protruded" wrist, as opposed to having a straight line from your elbow to your picking setup? It seems to me like the bent wrist really crunches off your tendons inside your wrist. Yet, everyone "in the know" does it, which leads me to believe that there's something key going on here. Is there something i'm missing?
2)The biggest problem i've been having with the floating right-hand is Sympathetic Vibrations. I'm playing up on the treble strings and it doens't sound clear because the bass strings are a mess of vibrating harmonics. Is there a method for dampening them without compromising "the float"? The rest-stroke does take care of the adjacent string above the one currently being played, and the back of my fingers does gently brush up against the treble strings while the bass strings are being picked, but - seeing as you don't have fingers extending on BOTH sides of your thumb - once i get up to the trebles, there's nothing keeping the basses from turning into an absolute free-for-all.
3) As I mentioned before, i brush the back of my fingers against the strings for positioning purposes. However, once I get up into the higher strings, there aren't anymore strings to brush up against anymore. At this point, i've been brushing up against the body of the guitar, but this requires a bit or a change in the plane in which the pick is moving. I have to lower my "picking aparatus", moving it closer "into" the top of the guitar because of the fact that the strings i was brushing on before are, of course, set ABOVE the body. Intuitively, i'm thinking that perhaps having a "bent" plane over which the wrist follows when moving over the strings isn't a good idea. I used to have a similarly bent plane when i first started playing gutiar, because back in the day i used to anchor the meaty part of my thumb to the bridge pickup and slide that anchor point up the bridge as needed. it was a NIGHTMARE to UNlearn. I'm worried about running into this problem again, but i'm not entirely sure if it would even be that much of an issue with the "floating hand".