The central principle /6

November 9th, 2019

The Central Principle is based on the concept of interaction.

Specifically, the interaction between you, the player, and your protagonist, the string (or strings), or more specifically, the interaction between your fingers and the tension and energy inherent in a taut string.

This is the same principle in the martial arts where you try to avoid expending your own energy but instead capture the energy of your opponent and return it to him instead.

In other words, don’t depend solely on your own power, tap into the power of your opponent.

In guitar playing, it’s useful to think of the strings not as an opponent, but as a partner.

So, as you apply pressure on the strings, feel the tension in the string.

Then let go the string, and use the energy generated from the release of the tension to propel you to the next note.

The technique is especially useful in fast moving passages where you have to move quickly from one note to the next.

As soon as you let go one note, bring the next finger down immediately to catch the tension of the string again

This is really the trick in the technique—to keep one finger on the string all the time and apply pressure on the strings constantly.

The release of each note causes a momentary loss of equilibrium in the hand which you immediately try to correct by bringing the next finger down to the string again.

Think: pressure, release, loss of equilibrium and then back to pressure again.

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