Plectrum

The basic right hand position is the same whether using fingers or a plectrum to pluck the strings.

The plectrum is not actually "held", but rests on the side of the index finger.

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The thumb rests on top of the plectrum with just enough weight to stop the plectrum bouncing out when the strings are contacted.

Teacher's notes.

  • Most students will use far too much pressure on the plectrum.
  • Also, an inflexible plectrum (e.g. agate or any semi-precious stone) is generally preferable to a flexible plectrum.
  • Flexibilty should be cultivated in the wrist, and a floppy plectrum only renders the interace between body and strings more imprecise.
  • After all it is the release of the string (direction, distance and angle of plucking) which determines the tone production.
  • If more "give" is required, for exanple in fast rhythm playing then the thumb merely allows more play in the grip.