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The arm sock I bet some of
you out there don’t have any idea
what this lesson is going to cover.
But what I have here is an,
an old sock can be a new one.
But I cut the toe out of, off of it and,
now I put it on my arm whenever I wear
short sleeves.
This is unusually long, you don't have to
make it quite this long,
you can, you can cut the toe off further
into the sock for a shorter one and
this is what we classical guitarists use
when the weather is hot.
If you, if some of you students live down
in the Southern part of the United States
or if you are live in you know,
if you're from South America and it's
really hot there.
This is something you'll commonly find
among classical guitarists
whenever we have to wear short sleeves.
And the reason so, so sometimes, we call
it our practice sock.
Sometimes, we call it our guitar sock,
But the reason, there's several reasons
actually that I recommend this and
I'm a big fan of it.
One, especially if you, for those of you
that may be concerned about the finish
of your guitar, trying to protect it.
Sometimes the, the sweat or the, the, just
the oils on your skin can sometimes
damage the varnish or the if, especially a
French polish on your guitar.
So that's one reason to use it.
The main reason for
me is that I as you can probably tell from
some of the videos and
the playing here I play on a lot of
different parts of the string for color.
Just to get different colors and sounds
out of the instrument.
And so when you're just using, if it's,
you know,
of course when it's hot outside or
something and,
you know, you're not gonna wear a sweater
or a long sleeve shirt.
So you have your short sleeve shirt on and
some of us, especially if we're playing a
guitar with a varnish on it or a lacquer.
The our skin on our arm can stick to the
surface of the guitar, so this is one way.
That's why a lot of times, you'll see a
lot of guitarists, they'll have a short,
just they'll make it pretty short like
So then it doesn't feel like they're
wearing an extra sleeve
a long sleeve on that arm.
But I just cut it long like this to show
you basically how that's done.
You just cut the toe off of a regular sock
and so with this,
just like when you're wearing a long
sleeve shirt, it allows you to,
you know, to move to different parts of
the string to create different colors.
So that if you're, I don't know.
Some, Something like that.
If you want to make just a simple color
change on a repeat like that.
The the surface of the guitar is not
sticking to your arm.
Another thing that we're talking about
reason is with is,
is going this way down the strings when
you're playing scales say.
Remember, we're advocating that
the mechanics of the hand stay the same
from the first
string all the way down to the 6th string
back up again when you're practicing say,
your Segovia scales.
And so without something like this, it's
especially for
people starting out with a guitar in their
first, you know, three years of study.
I've seen many students that, that, that
have sort of over a long period of time
developed a kind of mechanics where they
will sort of lock their arm in place.
And thus, force wrist angle changes and
finger angle changes to the string.
Because their arm is, in essence, stuck to
the surface of the guitar.
So that's the, that's another reason why I
think it's good.
Because if you haven't tried it yet, you
will notice a new level of
freedom with the right-hand during warm
weather months.
And, you know, subconsciously without even
realizing it,
you might be just holding your arm in one
I've noticed, I've taught some students
that didn't, were not aware of,
of something like this.
And asked them why they weren't making any
color changes in a,
in a piece that had a lot of different
character a lot of,
a in piece that had many different kind of
character colors in it.
And they said, well I just I never move my
right-hand and
I would ask them why they didn't.
And, and if they thought about it enough,
they, they realized they, it was
uncomfortable for them to move their
right-hand from the spot where it was.
So for those of you that were may that
may, that may sound
a little bit familiar try the, the arm