I’ve been thinking about left hand technique.
On guitar and bass I just naturally want to use my fingers and not a pick. Granted, it might be because I’ve never really taken the time to be comfortable with one. But there’s something else, the pick seems so definite and mechanical from both a physical and aural perspective. Obviously considering how many people use this tool this aspect is considered as an asset.
Having said that, at this point I feel that it puts an unnecessary mechanical barrier between me and the instrument. Also I can see how can be a way to play faster but I’m not really interested in speed.
I need to know more about how classical guitar and flamenco players use their left hand.
There’s a great Spanish guitar player named Javier Pereira.
I saw him accompany Mariola Membrives who is this astounding singer who uses the conventions of Flamenco as a point from which to explore.
Pereira uses many left hand techniques from all the disciplines.
For the moment I’m going to focus on playing without a pick.