A point of amusement tonight.
Okay, so I confess I don't suspect there are all that many fingerstyle guitarists that also practice serious pistol presentation drills. I could be wrong, I suppose--and if any such get around to reading this, you may want to put your beverage down; you've been warned.
I'm not a fingerstyle guitarist yet; with my sharply limited time I can hardly manage to get serious about anything right now. But it's an intense interest of mine; spurred on by inspirations like this, this, and this. Now, one of the features of that kind of tone seems to be a precision in the fingernails, and I've been experimenting with trying to "do this naturally" for a while. (It's a frustrating endeavor as all sorts of perfectly normal activities can readily shatter a few weeks' worth of patience.)
Anyway, there you are. I can't see myself with the franken-nails of some of the practitioners in the genre, but you absolutely do get some spectacular tone out of artificial harmonics with them, so I continue to experiment until I have enough time to get serious. And so my right hand fingernails are a bit longer than most dudes'. Most of the time.
Now for comfort, I have always employed an undershirt when practicing pistol presentation. It's better all around, but mostly I like how it lets the hand find the most solid grip no matter how sweaty or rotund I may be, by gliding evenly over fabric instead of skidding haphazardly over skin.
Today, I took an opportunity for practice right after bathing my five-month-old. I'd stripped off outer shirts and was left in just the undershirt, which was pulled out in places from some of the necessarily awkward and sometimes one-handed operations. It struck me as a good set of sub-optimal conditions to practice with. So, after handing off the wee miss to Mom, I repaired to the practice area, made ready for dry-fire, and ran a couple of presentations as-is. This went great. At that point I thought I'd then try the challenge of pulling out the rest of the undershirt and using that as a cover garment. (No concealment, for sure, but a specific challenge for presentation.)
And so I performed a Hackathorn Rip.
I'm happy to say that the shot broke correctly--about one second before the nerve endings started to scream. It will probably take a few days for the belt-line divots to dry up and heal.
Why yes, I will continue to employ an undershirt for daily wear. :-)
Monday, February 6, 2012
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