I joined your site recently after taking classes with you at the Slack Key Workshop. I only watched a few videos so far, so, I apologize if you have covered this topic.
I mostly have played steel string guitars, but I did buy a nylon string guitar last year. It’s fine for finger picking, but it’s not always a pleasant sound when I strum it.
I like your approach to strumming with the index finger. My questions:
1) Any recommendations for strumming techniques on a nylon string guitar?
2) How about slack key on nylon strings?
I love the sound of slack key on nylon string guitars. Keola Beamer, Moses Kahumoku, Kawika Kahiapo, Ozzie Kotani, Makana, and many others all have recorded beautiful music using nylon string guitars. I play both nylon and steel string often and find the same techniques apply to each. Nylon strings don’t beat up my nails so I practice with them most often. The classical guitar neck is typically wider than steel string guitar necks so it takes a slight adjustment with the left hand. The strings are spaced further apart as well which I find beneficial for right hand finger picking.
For videos on strumming, the accompaniment videos in the beginning course would be helpful for techniques as well as learning chord progressions to traditional songs. I have transcribed some music by Dennis Kamakahi using a hybrid bass/strum technique that I will add soon. Many song lessons incorporate strumming as well. An advanced song that I just added is Hotel Street. It mixes strumming with finger style at certain times. I will add some more lessons to add to this with rolls, resqueado technique, swing, triplets vrs sixteenth note patterns, back beats, and accent patterns. This techniques all appear in songs that I have taught but I will create individual lessons to focus on the techniques.
Mahalo for the suggestions!
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