Downward Picking

The sign for downward picking is П but it is only shown or indicated when needed. In downward picking, the following points must be executed simultaneously:

1) Inclining the pick somewhat.

2) Application of “Apoyando” technique (rest stroke or picking). In order to achieve a good “segundeo” technique (demonstrated later), it is highly important that the pick rests completely on its adjacent string after plucking. Of course, plucking the first string is done with a “tirando” picking (free stroke), since there is no string below it.

3) Movement with the wrist as the supporting point. The elbow must not be the supporting point. In order to play fast joropo music, the movement must be as compact as possible.

4) Making the most of the gravity of the whole hand. In order to be aware of gravity, the hand has to be very relaxed.

Downward Picking

Notice the importance of the supporting point which is the wrist and not the elbow. Also take notice of finishing off the picking motion with resting on the next string below. When we are playing the 3rd string, we are stopping and resting the pick on the 2nd string. Make sure that you are able to do so fluidly and slowly start to increase the speed with which you do this as it will become important for the integration of techniques as we move forward.

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