The Free Stroke

Friday, December 22, 2006

The free stroke

The free stroke is used in chords, in arpeggios as demonstrated below, and in single-notesituations where the rest stroke is not practical. It differs from the rest stroke in that thefinger comes clear of the adjacent string at the end of the movement.

Successive notes played with the free stroke use alternation in the same way. Try playing theexercise that you did with the rest stroke and you will notice the different sound. Goodplayers are able to develop a full sound that almost has the quality of a rest stroke.