in watching the videos i mentioned earlier, i find that for me - sans pick - if i expose the full face of the fingernail (index or middle) to the string (as if i were "buffing" it with the strings) i get a not half-bad sound. the "half flesh/half nail" is probably louder but i get a faster "trill" with the full face of the nail.
my ... isn't this "nitty-gritty" ... putting the "charango as vihuela" polemic (diatribe) aside for the moment (please) ... the technique involved in playing either/or (imho) seems useful to both. --- Stuart Walsh <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > (!! OK I got a bit confused!) > > > Is the vihuela the only instrument that uses this > technique? I don't > think there is anything like it in 4 or 5 course > guitar, or any kind of > lute, technique. There couldn't be anything in the > construction of the > instrument that makes this a more likely > possibility, could there? And > hats off to Ralph Maier for actually mastering it. > > Speaking only as an amateur: the whole business is > trying to get the > flesh of the fingers to sound the strings. But the > downward stroke of > dedillo seems like a crude bash with the nails. How > do you square the > considered upward pluck of the finger flesh with - > what could easily > be- a rather percussive chunk of the nail on the > downward stroke? > > > > To get on or off this list see list information at > http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html > http://billkilpatrickhaiku.blogspot.com/ ___________________________________________________________ Yahoo! Answers - Got a question? Someone out there knows the answer. Try it now. http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/