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    Default Two different systems for fingerstyle classical guitar - what is the difference

    I just noticed tonight that there is two different systems for fingering on classical guitar. I understand the meaning of PIMA and which fingers the letters apply to. I play thumb P on strings 6,5,4 and I on 3, M on 2, and A on 1st string. Please explain the other system. Thank you, johnnysmash.

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    There must be more than 2 ways for sure.

    About 2 ways what comes to my mind is apoyando (rest stroke) and tirando (free stroke). When I used to play classical guitar, in my youth, I always used the free strokes with my thumb.

    But after reading what Andres Segovia sayed about apoyando with thumb, I used that in my brief digress to classical guitar. It gives the needed volume especially if no thumb nail. And is certainly different technique from free stroke.

    From what I understand the free strokes are preferred by many with thumb nail play though.

    BTW Johnny, I bought myself a keyboard. I don't have your finger problems ... yet. But it is good to prepare if any coming
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    BTW Johnny, I bought myself a keyboard. I don't have your finger problems ... yet. But it is good to prepare if any coming

    Yes Jarmo, that is correct. I already play piano, so far not classical. If I did play classical numbers, which I might, I would probably use my own base line with the composers right hand notation.

    My theropist said that the piano is easier on the hand. Not to mention one can almost do..., well nothing much on the left hand and still get by if things do get rough.

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    It hard also a keyboard replacing a strumming ukulele as accompaniment.

    This keyboard has 100 different rhythms and almost 400 different instrument voices, so it can be almost an orchestra. But the automatic accompaniment is an automation. I can't change the rhythm pattern just like with uke or guitar on the fly.
    And then, well, the non automatic piano has never been either something to replace a strum of a stringed instrument in my opinion. No matter how talented some pianist is.

    Good this has a touch (velocity) sensitivity, so as a melody play instrument it can match many others.

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