Why is my pizzicato dull?
It seems like my pizzacato sounds dull. Are my strings to low? Do I need to raise the bridge a bit? They appear to low...but not sure since I am a complete newbie.
Are you anchoring your right hand when you pluck the string? Where on the string are you plucking?
Andrew I will try those tips you shared...thank you!
Pizzicato can be played anchored or not anchored, and there is an appropriate time for each type.
Make sure your left-hand fingers cleanly stop the string. You may hold down the string more firmly than you would normally. And vibrate the note after you pluck.
If he is a "total newbie" then vibrato might not yet be in his tool box.
Thank you all for the help. What triggered this issue was that I purchased a fingerboard guide the runs all the way up to the nut, under the strings. When I installed it the guide was flat and secure, but made a affect when played....made everything sound dull after the installation. Now I am just considering getting some fingerboard tape instead.
One problem that inexperienced string sections have is doing pizz. very soft and accurate. There are frequent accidents. What I do when I see pizz. & pp is pick up some rosin on my first finger, push straight down on the string to the fingerboard, then lift straight up at the proper time. Some classical guitar lessons will develop pizzicato technique very rapidly. Occasionally we see 4-note pizz. chords marked "alla guitarra" I have been known to use a guitar pick.
OMG get rid of that fingerboard guide! Sure, a few tapes if you feel you need them, but I would ask a teacher to help you position them and you should set a goal of having them off in a few months. Do the pieces in Suzuki Book 1 and that will help you learn where your fingers are supposed to go. Really, it will. You know what those simple tunes should sound like, and just don't let yourself get away with playing out of tune. That's really how all of us learned. Maybe with different pieces but I don't know anyone who says tapes really helped them that much in the end. (On the other hand I don't see the harm either, except that it kind of teaches you to find things visually, which is really not how you want to be doing it. You want to go by feel and sound.) If you want to help yourself with a visual cue, play in a full-length mirror and make sure you're drawing your bow straight and keeping your hands in the right places.
Thanks Paul and Joel....Great advice!
My advice is to experiment more. Experimentation, and the willingness to do it, is the root of almost all progress, particularly for someone who is who self-taught.