2019-10-20 18:36:58 UTC
I've been looking at some materials by Sylvain Courtney a French jazz
guitarist and teacher in Metz, France. In general, his right-hand
technique comes from his background with classical guitar. One
curiousity that he makes liberal use of is doing a rest-stroke through
consecutive strings. He only does it with i. I've done this, with
little panache, using both i and m, though my right hand/wrist tends to
a slightly arched angle, making it somewhat cumbersome. I first began
doing this while playing electric bass in the seventies, but never
really pursued adopting it for daily utility. Working hard on my right
hand over the few months, I find myself drawn to exploring this
Is there any recognition or consideration of this approach in legit
classical circles? For either finger?
The other technique is using the thumbnail for back-strokes. In
emulating Wes Montgomery's iconic approach to playing octaves, I have
to turn and flatten my thumb so that the pad of the thumb strikes the
strings, because the thumb nail would otherwise get in the way of
smooth attack on both strings. Still I have occasionally found myself
playing with the nail itself, and as I would with my thumb, have used
the backstroke. Again, not so much that it is a refined technique.
I have seen a flamenco guitarist (if memory serves) making liberal use
of alternating strokes with the thumnail.
Again, is there any "general usage" of such technique among legit players?