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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:17 am 
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This question is primarialy for Scott but anyone else is welcome to jump right in. The teacher who made this video is a Shearer student. He seems to advocate quite a different right hand technique than you do. He appears to use no middle knuckle and doesn't extend the fingers at all.
The question is - Is this technuque completely different from your technique and comment please? Seems to me like it is.

Lane


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:25 am 
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Oops - forgot the link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elfoDLyzD7M&feature=related


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Lane, thanks for pointing this out. This fellow may be a Shearer student, and Shearer may or may not agree with this concept. But, let me point out where I differ.

First of all, limiting the flexing of the finger (as he recommends), must be done with the extensors. To do so you must use two muscle groups, simultaneously, in opposed motion, (like braking while the foot is on the accelerator). I.e., bad idea.

To simply relax the finger to get it to extend is to limit the purpose of the extensors. They're there, why not develop them. This player mentions the purpose of the extensors but almost entirely omits them from the motion. :? To play means to introduce an adequate amount of tension. How do you immediately release the finger without total relaxation? Total relaxation cannot be achieved when playing the guitar. The "elasticity of a muscle" will not allow the finger to move in the opposed motion, (in this case, extending), it will simply release the muscle group, allowing the opposed muscle group, (in this case, the extensors), to take over. I didn't make this up - it's simple physiology.

Since studying with Shearer, almost 30 years ago, I've developed lots of ideas based on formulas of ergonomics and physiology. I simply went to the source for information. In doing so I think I've developed those concepts into a very functional, repeatable, set of proper movements.


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