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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:25 am 
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I have a problem with my thumb. In arpeggios when the thumb is playing on 6th string with the fingers in position for playing the top strings. To avoid striking the 5th string I am playing with what feels like the brake on my thumb. It feels horribly tense.
Scott's exercises for ami were great for getting rid of the playing "with brakes on for the fingers", how do I get rid of it for the thumb?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:21 pm 
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Keith,

I may have to shoot a video to explain this – try this first though:

1. Get more arch in your wrist
2. Using the middle knuckle of the thumb.

Also, you can practice what I have some students do -a ‘thumb sweep’. After setting the hand as described above, sweep the thumb across strings 6, 5, and 4, and flop it into the ‘I’ finger. It should come to rest somewhere around the tip joint of ‘I’.

Scott



Let me know how that feels.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:36 pm 
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Thanks,
More arch in the wrist just drives the thumb more into all the bass strings. The thumb sweep is OK, ends up in the right place and feels good, but I cant play the 6th string alone.
What I mean is that I can’t get a good uninhibited feeling of following through with my thumb (I am simultaneously working it in the “opposite” direction and trying to lift it to clear the 5th string). To do this the whole thumb becomes very tense. I have seen other people using the middle knuckle on the thumb, I guess to avoid this problem.

Middle knuckle integration on the thumb?


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Keith,

OMG – I’m afraid so. I was afraid that someone would discover this someday.

Let's see if anyone else catches this little discovery.....

Scott


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OK,
in the meantime. . . . is it OK to play a rest stroke with the thumb in Brouwer VI, when the thumb is playing on the 6th string? (and as there are two successive thumb strokes, both using rest strokes?)


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:06 pm 
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Keith wrote:
OK,
in the meantime. . . . is it OK to play a rest stroke with the thumb in Brouwer VI, when the thumb is playing on the 6th string? (and as there are two successive thumb strokes, both using rest strokes?)


Keith, I play it with a thumb free stroke first, then thumb rest stroke for hte downbeat.

I played it with 2 consecutive rest strokes in the past and I feel it interrupts the flow of the piece.

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Thanks Perf, I will try with the free/rest combination. Nice to see you recorded Paco Talarn's Canćo Trista BTW !


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Just be careful to not allow the hand to move when doing a 'P' rest stroke. Tough to do.

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Well, I would be happy to find a position where I could play a free stroke on the 6th string with the thumb and still keep the hand in position for the arp.


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I've recently been working with Lee Hess quite a bit on this very issue. I rotate my thumb, ('P'), in a circular fashion. If, after playing the thumb you feel inclined to continue flexing try to rotate it out - if necessary, place it on a string.

The Cordero works I recently recommended have a great exercise for this - it's the 'Children's Song' and is filled with P/I pinch patterns.

Scott


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