DjangoBooks.com

Welcome to our Community!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Who's Online (2)

  • Chris Martin 1:26PM
  • CraigHensley 1:26PM

Related Discussions

Today's Birthdays

sbdawsey NunoThyrs

Rest stroke doubt

emicademicad Rome - ItalyModerator
edited April 2006 in Gypsy Picking Posts: 472
I try to explain my principal doubt about this technique i'm trying to apply at my playing style:
While I'm playing solos my right hand moves like is playing the rhytmm, often picking "nothing", only imaging, to mantain the rhythm, as I'm dancing but only with the hand. I try to feel the rhythm and the spirit of the song in this way, you can see a lot of players doing this thing like Django, Romane, Tchavolo and others. Playing with the rest stroke technique, in particular changing the strings ALWAYS with downstrokes, this thing become a nightmare in my case, cause my hand doesn't seems to fell the rhythm and plays irregularry strokes, considering both 4/4 or 3/4 time. The accent of the notes become different, in some cases opposite, expecially playing notes from high E to low E. So I often alternate the picks but I'm trying to finish changing my right hand technique solving these last problems and applying the rest stroke anywhere and always.
Thanks to all

Comments

  • klaatuklaatu Nova ScotiaProdigy Rodrigo Shopis D'Artagnan, 1950s Jacques Castelluccia
    Posts: 1,661
    I've found the same technique emicad describes as "imaging" to be very useful at times in rhythm playing. I play in a big band (Freddie Green style on an archtop), which usually involves straight 4-to-the bar downstrokes. I had been struggling with an arrangement of "Night in Tunisia" which requires switching back and forth between Latin and swing feel but maintaining a 4-to-the bar rhythm on guitar. I found that by thinking in 8/8 rather than 4/4 in the Latin sections and actually makiing 8 downstrokes to the bar while trying to only strike the strings on the odd 1/8 beats, I was able to get more of a Latin feel. Occasionally (and accidentally) hitting the strings on the even 1/8 beat added to the effect. In the swing sections, I would switch to straight 4.
    Benny

    "It's a great feeling to be dealing with material which is better than yourself, that you know you can never live up to."
    -- Orson Welles
  • emicademicad Rome - ItalyModerator
    Posts: 472
    Thanks for your reply at first, what I can say is that I continue to have tha same problems also if I'm practicing the restroke always since I've started to play this music (about 3 years), so I'm not saying I want to piss off this technique, absolutely not, but probably I must to practice again and again before to say "no, I can't do it" but it's really hard to play this way, expecially if you come from another right hand approach. I hope to see some opinions and common problems for all the other guys, including Mike obviously, cause I have also other to ask about.
    Hi to all
  • Posts: 22
    hey Emicad, I think you have to try adapt it a little so it suits you. I know that the technique works for me, but it might not work for everyone. I've seen some pretty unorthodox right hand techniques, the one they have all in common is that they were hitting the notes correctly and on time. It felt natural for these people to do it in this way.

    I've seen the footage of your playing on Youtube and your playing seemed well executed, and really listenable! Keep up the good work dude.
  • emicademicad Rome - ItalyModerator
    Posts: 472
    hey Emicad, I think you have to try adapt it a little so it suits you. I know that the technique works for me, but it might not work for everyone. I've seen some pretty unorthodox right hand techniques, the one they have all in common is that they were hitting the notes correctly and on time. It felt natural for these people to do it in this way.

    I've seen the footage of your playing on Youtube and your playing seemed well executed, and really listenable! Keep up the good work dude.
    Thanks man, I'll keep up the work for sure.
Sign In or Register to comment.
Home  |  Forum  |  Blog  |  Contact  |  206-528-9873
The Premier Gypsy Jazz Marketplace
DjangoBooks.com
USD CAD GBP EUR AUD
USD CAD GBP EUR AUD
Banner Adverts
Sell Your Guitar
© 2020 DjangoBooks.com, all rights reserved worldwide.
Software: Kryptronic eCommerce, Copyright 1999-2020 Kryptronic, Inc. Exec Time: 0.044539 Seconds Memory Usage: 3.450798 Megabytes
Kryptronic