Change of Position Ascending

  1. The fingers relax
  2. The arm moves to the new position with the 1st finger remaining in contact with the string. In the early stages of development an audible portamento will be heard. This can become briefer as confidence is gained with the procedure. This technique is partly how Violinists and other string players achieve consistent and accurate position changes with no frets. The ear guides you as to how far to travel up the string.
  3. By expanding the posture, the fingers are brought into contact with the strings.
  4. The resistance of the strings is contained by the expanding posture.

Some topics covered in this video:

  • A short checklist.
  • Commit to memory and use to check technique on an ascending passage.
  • All checklists are presented in a box.
  • C major on the 2nd string used as an example. Positions: I, V, X
  • What is a useful mode of relaxation on the guitar?
  • The arm effects the change of position.
  • Portamento introduced. Provides an audible cue of position change.
  • Aural feedback loops are superior to visual feedback loops.
  • Position markers on the guitar actually slow down the playing process.
  • First finger remains in contact with the string.
  • Portamento can be phased out as confidence grows. Portamento adds a vocal quality to melody.
  • If you can't feel the resistance of the strings - you are gripping!
  • Contain the string with an expanding posture. Back expansion is conveyed by the arms and fingers.
  • Gripping the neck is not required during simple melodies.