Rest stroke and free stroke

Guitar Techniques - - Q & A -

In clas­si­cal gui­tar we have two ways of pluck­ing the strings; rest stroke where the string is plucked by a push of the fin­ger or thumb which then rests on the ad­ja­cent string, and free stroke where the fin­ger plucks free of the next (thicker) string. Rest stroke gives a warmer, fuller tone and is used for sin­gle-line melodies; to help a melody stand out from an ac­com­pa­ni­ment, or to ac­cent or em­pha­sise a sin­gle note.

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