Rest Stroke Scales: Part 3 – Relaxation – Strings By Mail Lessonettes | Gohar Vardanyan


the most important thing you want to achieve
when playing rest stroke scales or anything else is to make sure
that your hand is as relaxed as possible when you find that comfortable
middle position and you’re playing with your
“i and m” fingers make sure that your “a and pinky”
aren’t curled under your into your palm
what happens when you curl it up you’re actually introducing tension
by holding it up this way and also don’t let them stick out and extend
beyond the natural hanging position because of the way we’re built when we
move our “m” finger the “a” finger wants to follow by curling it into your palm you
actually preventing the “a” finger from moving with the “m” finger and that limits the motion that your “m”
finger has it’s harder to extend your “m” in a relaxed fashion if you’re “a”
finger is curled under same thing applies if you are holding
your your fingers up and extending it this way
your “m” finger has limited motion because your “a”
finger is fixed so what you want to do is relax them and just the way you
would hang your hand the way they would naturally hang and when you’re playing let the “a” finger move with the “m”
and also the pinky will move with
the “a” so it’s completely relaxed and the other thing you want to make
sure is to have relaxed tips a lot of people when they play they
stiffen out the tip joint and in the beginning
specially when you’re doing it slowly there is absolutely no need to introduce any tension into the tip joint so when
you play rest stroke and you let your finger collapse into the adjacent string and rest on
it let the tip joint buckle if you hold your hand very relaxed it’ll
do it on its own just from the pressure of the string there is no need to stiffen the joint especially for the “m” finger
which is longer and will buckle more because it will need to
clear the string now of course everyone’s tip joints are
different and for some people they bend more than the others
so the point is not to achieve the exact angle of the
buckle but rather just to know that it’s relaxed and if your tip joints don’t buckle than that’s the way you are built don’t force
it either way let it do what it naturally likes to do without forcing or
introducing any tension to keep it from buckling or
forcing it to buckle basically if you’re trying to achieve faster
accurate skills you have to be as relaxed as possible so you have more
control over your hand anytime you introduce tension you actually take
away control because it’s hard to control something that’s
under pressure and is tense

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