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Video 9: Important Free Stroke Principles

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Here are the basics of free stroke.

1. Keeping your knuckle more or less above the string being played is essential. Remember what I said repeatedly about playing from the knuckle. Play from your knuckle. The movement comes from your knuckle, and for free stroke, the the knuckle needs to be above the string being played or else the fingers won’t be able to follow through without hitting the next string.
This is the hardest thing for most people to get. Keep reminding yourself.  Keep checking to see if you’re doing this. Keep feeling into how it feels.
If you don’t do this, you won’t have a powerful and dependable free stroke!
2. Follow through. From the knuckle. By keeping your knuckle above the string being played. See above.
3. Don’t buckle the tip joint. 4. Use the joints of your fingers to help you follow through and miss the next string, not to pluck the string. They are helpers, not the source of your basic motion.

 

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