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post Jan 27 2007, 08:36 AM
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Seems like this was a good topic and I bet I am not the only person who has wondered about this thumb thing. Thank you to everyone for their input. I know the comments here helped me and I am sure it has helped someone else. And that's why we're all here right? To help each other.

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Kristofer Dahl
post Jan 29 2007, 07:45 PM
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Good discussion (Pavel thanks for the video illustartion! biggrin.gif ).

Beginners tend to apply way to much muscle pressure to everything they will encounter - however it seems this is the way to do it, until your brain learns which nerves (doctors correct me!) are required for the specific movements.

Once you have got to this point you will not need very much muscle pressure.


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post Jan 29 2007, 10:42 PM
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For me, at the moment of fretting, I use as much pressure with my thumb as I do with the fingers pressing in the other direction. An equal opposing pressure if you will. Only the hand is involved doing this, the neck, arm and shoulder muscles are "neutral". By this I mean they are always free of tension. The feeling is that the arm is kind of floating there and relaxed.

When you play, pay attention to your fretting arm and shoulder. People playing with too much effort will notice their shoulder rise up and the muscles in that area and the arm start to tense up. Sometimes even the neck muscles on that side will tense! Keep your shoulders even and keep your body relaxed. Take a moment to play some "air guitar". Now pick up your instrument and try to emulate that lack of tension and force with the real thing.

As Pavel clearly points out, very little pressure is needed to actually play. Whether your playing chords or scales, I feel you should use only as much pressure as you need to fret the notes cleanly. One of the keys to playing very fast is to develop a very "light touch" and always strive to play with less effort and muscular tension throughout.


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