It’s been a while since I posted a video of me playing.
I think my technique has improved since my last post. Don’t think I claw as much but would welcome freedback.
I’ve been working on and off a long time on Sound of Silence. This arrangement (not mine!) is in two parts, part 2 requires slaps with simultaneous plucks which I am still working on (have been most of the year)!
I think I am almost there on part 1, though seems to me I go a staccato at points.
Thanks for the comments everyone. Much appreciated.
Adrian: I’m trying to understand the purpose of thumb parallel to strings. Is it to try to pull the hand closer in? I feel that’s what happens when I try to put my thumb parallel, my palm naturally wants to come close to if not touch the bridge, guess maybe this will provide more accuracy?
Thanks David. Yes the change to the middle (F) and higher up the neck has taken a long time to be able to do with correct timing. I’ve worked on this piece on and off for over a year. I ditched it for about 5 months. When I came back to it, at first it felt impossible but then very quickly I got back to where I was previously and then quickly surpassed. I am a firm believer in dropping stuff for a month or two when you are stuck on it for a LONG time. I believe it gives the brain chance to forget some of the inaccuracies it learnt. Heard a guy called Jerry Moffat (very famous climber) refer to this as the renaissance effect.
It’s to avoid fingers interrupting each other, to increase autonomy of the thumb and to allow for some more dynamics, its easier to get a more aggresive way for note to sound out. On top it also helps when you are playing percussive elements against high E string. Of course many musicians don’t do that and it’s fine as well, treat it as a friendly suggestion rather than me pointing out any issues with your play, you did great.