The central principle /11

November 23rd, 2019

It’s pretty amazing.

I haven’t watched the Pepe Romero video in quite a while and decided to watch it again after I posted it in my last article.

The video is a lesson on applying the central principle, and from a great master no less.

There’re a few points to note.

First, notice his right hand position. It’s in the classic position, the one I have written about earlier. Notice the relaxed drop in the wrist. This drop is crucial to applying the central principle. It enables you to capture the power of the arm and hand simply by moving the arm upward slightly against the strings.

Second, listen to the strong attack in his tone and its percussiveness. A clear attack is a necessary precondition to the virtuoso technique and especially in fast apoyandos.

Third, watch how relaxed his tip joints are. The tip joints are an important part of the attack-based technique. By flexing and allowing them to give slightly, you store incredible energy which you release when you let go (in a plucking action) the strings. The release results in a snapping action which produces the attack.

Fourth, notice the direction of his fingers especially the m finger when he plays apoyandos. He’s moving the fingers laterally across the strings rather than into the strings. This lateral movement is essential in capturing the power in the central principle. Why? Because of string crossing. If all we do is play on one string, hammering the fingers into the strings will work but since we have to cross strings in playing scales, the lateral movement is the most efficient.

Fifth, watch 1:08 when he says, “And I do this.” Watch how he’s pressing his finger and thumb against the string.

That’s the central principle at work.

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