Rest Stroke Scales: Part 1 – The Basics – Strings By Mail Lessonettes | Gohar Vardanyan


Hi I’m Gohar Vardanyan and this is
Strings By Mail Lessonettes in the next couple of videos I’ll be
demonstrating the very basics of playing rest stroke scales
many guitarists approach scales differently and this is what I found to be helpful when
trying to achieve accuracy, clarity and speed so to start from the very beginning what
you want to do is to position your right hand to play rest stroke on the first string
with your “i and m” fingers when positioning your hand make sure
that you’re not too far back so you can’t reach the first string with
your “i” finger and not too far down from where you
can’t play rest stroke to find that middle ground where your hand is
naturally curved and can easily do rest stroke your thumb be aware of where
it where it is because you don’t want it to be too far
back where your hand is forced to be open and you can’t be too close because
that’ll prevent you from easily doing rest stroke on the
first string so for me the natural place is the 4th
string if I’m going to be playing prolong scale on the first string
you’re not going to be pressing on the thumb and you make sure you
don’t insert it too far in between the strings really it’s just there touching the string
so that it’s not out in the middle not touching anything so it’s there for a reference then you’re going to think of your “i and m”
fingers as if they are marching on the first string and let’s say we’re
gonna do eight times on the first string what you want to make sure you’re doing
is you’re hitting the string and clearing the string quickly and resting
on the adjacent one make sure that you don’t repeat
a finger so you’re always alternating so don’t repeat
always alternate the next thing make sure you’re not
dragging the string
dragging your finger along the string you
don’t want to be filling out the string as you’re playing that actually prolongs the amount of time
you’re spending on the string and it wastes time and energy in between the strokes so
this is what you don’t want to do don’t be loud and grab your fingers you want to hit it quickly and the next the last thing from the
very basic stroke make sure that you’re not lifting your finger after each stroke you want to strike the string
rest on the adjacent string then when the next finger plays that’s when the previous finger lets go so when I play with “i”
it rests on the adjacent string then it waits there until “m” plays
and lets go then the next one
and so on that way you are not doing any extra
in between the strokes you’re not wasting the energy
and you’re not wasting time
and when you’re trying to speed it up if you’re lifting off your hand is going
to start bouncing and you’re going to be wasting that time where
both your fingers are off the string if you’re remaining on the string then when you speed up there is nothing
slowing you down and also the other thing if you do drag your finger by dragging you’re also slowing yourself
down so you want to make sure that your attack is very accurate and clean and fast
doesn’t matter how slow you’re playing the actual attack is quick so in the next videos after mastering the
basic strokes we’ll go over what to do with the thumb when you’re
switching strings and what to do with the other fingers and
how to cross from string to string

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