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Guitar Techniques - - LESSON: JAZZ -

As this style is pre­dom­i­nantly acous­tic, the best thing to max­imise tone and pro­jec­tion is to sort your pick­ing out. Use the heav­i­est pick you can man­age and play each new string with a down stroke. The gypsy style uses a re­laxed wrist pos­ture; pick through each string, so a note on the sec­ond string ends with the pick rest­ing on the first, rather like a clas­si­cal gui­tar rest stroke. Use grav­ity and the weight of the hand rather than brute force, as this will cre­ate ten­sion in the wrist, slow you down and pro­duce a sound that is tight and forced, rather than fluid and smooth.

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