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check out these guys' rest-strokes

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edited October 2005 in Gypsy Picking Posts: 800


  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 5,913's no secret that the rest stroke technique is very old. As you've discovered, it goes back to the original plectrum instrument....the Oud.

    You'll also see it used on a plethora of other plectrum instruments: bouzouki, tres, banjo, mandolin, bandola, etc....

    It's pretty hard to find a pre 20th century plectrum tradition that doesn't use it...

  • aa New York City✭✭✭✭
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    oud players use long picks. is there any advantages or disadvantages? do any gypsy jazz guys use long picks?
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  • bbwood_98bbwood_98 Brooklyn, NyProdigy Vladimir music! Les Effes. . Its the best!
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    yeah, but really flexy picks too . . . I play some DIM (Django inspired music- thx dennis!) with one in Central park yesterday- cool sound! It was great fun; and a close up look at someone playing oud was pretty interesting Re GJ picking. Funny, he didn't when he picked up my guitar!
    Ps. Cool VIDS!
  • Posts: 101
    say, how old is the oud, and how does it compare to those harp-like African stringed instruments (the name escapes me at the moment)?
  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
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    I'm not up on the entire history of the oud...maybe someone knows of a web site or book on the topic?

  • bbwood_98bbwood_98 Brooklyn, NyProdigy Vladimir music! Les Effes. . Its the best!
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    oud is old . . . much older then our current guitar (even classical) . . . about 500-700 years old . . . if I remember correctly from school. The african harps are much much much older (like morning of human development) . . . 3000+ or so (perhaps more). The african harps (hunters harps and Koras, among other names) are not fretted, and have strings attached to gourds with a stick; you slide the knot attaching the string up and down to tune them; and each string has one pitch. I love the sound of the kora- in fact I alternate weeks with a kora player at a cafe on sundays . . . a fantastic instrument.
    Ps. feel free to correct my dates- they may be of by a century or two!
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