Exploring Rest-Stroke Positionby Kami Rowan
Alternatively, using i & m alternation with rest stroke is a complex and difficult movement, which takes a lot of coordination and practice. Because of this, free stroke is easier to teach first to beginners. Once a student is secure with basic free-stroke movement, finding a healthy rest stroke can be easy. Rest stroke and free stroke use the same hand position. Younger students often deviate the wrist or change the whole hand in order to accomplish rest stroke, but no major change is necessary. The finger is only slightly more extended in the rest-stroke position, but the same basic principles of muscle function are applied. Not altering the right-hand position in order to play rest stroke also allows a player to move quickly between the two strokes. Here’s an easy way to find a healthy rest-stroke position.
Finding Rest-Stroke Position
i free-stroke position on (3)
i rest-stroke position on (1)