Okay so the basics of playing this beautiful instrument. I’m going to demonstrate this using my own piece of tubing, that I use on the left hand because that’s the way I’ve played for the last 35 years or so. So what’s it all about? Well the most important thing with the left hand is to get it A) in the right place and B) with the right amount of pressure. If you don’t press the string hard enough it’ll buzz. Like that, you’ll get that awful rattling sound and if you press too hard, it will just sound shrill. So the ideal thing is to get a pressure here. That is just just enough to make that lovely soft sound but doesn’t doesn’t buzz doesn’t buzz or rattle and of course the other lovely thing about this instrument is pitch and the reason you develop an ear. You can tell that that’s the same note and yet if I’m to move the bottle or the tube just a little bit either way it doesn’t sound at all right. That lovely thing about blues music where people talk about the blue note the blue note in invariably this sort of sound between between there and there. That sort of lovely bluesy riff you can get by being able to play on on those areas and this other little thing that I can’t help myself, just finding vibrato. So that’s the left hand, it’s about pressure, it’s about finding the right place and also the fact that if you want to play chords then you can play all of the strings or just maybe five of them or four of them or three of them or two of them. It’s about experimentation and finding things that make you think yeah that sounds, that sounds good, I like that. Single notes are something that really appeal to me so the idea of the idea of that sort of thing which plays the melody. That appeals to me, I like that. Also this lovely thing about playing a big full big full chord. There we go, the blues meets India,
or maybe the Indian restaurant down the road. What is this, this sound all about? Well for me it’s taken years and years to develop a muscle memory that knows exactly that knows where to go and where the note feels right but also it’s about this articulation of the wrist. It’s not about pressure and it’s not about power. It’s rather the opposite, it’s about being sensitive to to exactly how to do something. I found out just two weeks ago for example that this is a way of me making an extra note. The bar is resting just there and if I pull it away it will make that noise if I do it quick. If I do it right I won’t make that clunking noise,
but it’s something I’m still learning you know. These things are called they’re called hammer-on. You can see why and this is called hammer-off. So with a very limited right hand for example the left hand can still, produce, some really usable sounds. It’s great isn’t it, you just need to, you just want to do it now.
You just want to get your guitar and play. That’s all you need from me.