not sure what the name for this is but have seen it a lot: players will rapidly slide their fretting hand up then down (or down then up) the neck super fast but not to play a note or a slide — is there a purpose/reason for this? to me it almost looks like they are “resetting” their fretting hand in terms of neck position?
an example of what i am talking about is Joe Dart at about 1:42 in this video. it does not look like he is playing a low note nor is he playing a slide:
I think he’s sliding, but it’s supposed to be a fast 16th note or so. Due to the speed, doesn’t sound like he’s actually making sound til the 7th fret or so
edit: I should add that I have seen players do what you’re talking about (the only one that comes to mind is Rudy Sarzo with ozzy). I’m guessing they may be considering playing something different in a live setting or improvising but deciding not to.
It might be for muting harmonics. I know i sometimes have this issue when playing. When i lift up fretting finger, string would continue to ring harmonically and only way to stop it from ringing is to move fretting hand to approx. middle of the neck or mute with plucking hand.
I find myself doing this at the end of each “A” and “B” pattern when I’m playing “Song for my father”. Don’t really know why, but I think I’m subconsciously stretching/relaxing my hand and lower arm before starting the next pattern.
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