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Traditonal plucking style vs. Contemporary

 
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Which plucking technique are you?
Traditional
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Contemporary
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mamawa
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:48 pm    Post subject: Traditonal plucking style vs. Contemporary Reply with quote

I was wondering if there was an advantage to learning the traditional plucking style than the contemporary plucking techniques? Have any of you learned the traditional techniques before moving onto the contemporary? I find that the traditional is much harder.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's your definition of traditional and contemporary plucking?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I understand as traditional is the right hand cupped over an octave, resting on the ring finger and pinky. Instead of plucking inward towards the palm, you pluck the string and touch the string next to it and stay there. I hope I'm explaining it correctly.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, sort of. I think that applies to the northern traditional schools, notably the Henan style. The Zhejiang style plucks inward heading the palm. The southern schools have a sort of combination of both.

I found it hard to pluck downward heading the next string on the modern guzheng, too. Well, the modern guzheng use nylon-wound-steel strings. The strings are harder and stronger. Traditionally, they use silk strings in the north. I found it easy to pluck that way on my kayagum or on steel-string guzheng or on dan tranh.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see. Yes, I agree that it is harder to do so. I'm learning right now on the SOC Rosewood that I purchased from you earlier this year under YuQi Deng. I've been practicing the Henan style first, and I was kinda getting used to Zhejiang style that I've learn from your tutorials. I feel a lot more pressure on my fingers now than before. I'm sure I'll benefit from it though Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, I didn't know there's so many styles of plucking Very Happy
Interesting indeed. Loving this forum more and more for the wealth of information and enthusiasm.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My teacher has me use the style that's appropriate to the piece. I think it's good to hear the piece as it's intended (= with the style from its region). But if you listen to those pieces on random YouTube performances, you hear that a lot of performers don't bother. This applies even to the exam pieces, which surprises me.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I even play modern songs with traditional plucking and bending...I dont think it matters unless your a real traditionalist art is expression not a law Laughing I do find plucking on nylon string harder to play accurate however on steel strings its like air...
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