in this video about pull-ups it is suggested to depress and retract the shoulder-blades before starting a pull-up (and keeping them depressed and retracted during the whole exercise).
Well, I'd like to know the mechanical reason for this choice. Why don't we want to work our upper traps and rhomboids with full range of motion by gradually depressing and retracting the shoulder-blades during the exercise?
For instance, in bent over row, as explained here, doesn't want we to start with already retracted shoulders-blades, but instead with neutral shoulders, and retracting the shoulders-blades is part of the exercise.
Which is the reason behind these different choices? Is it due to the fact that the pull-up works the back in the vertical plane whilst the row in the sagittal plane?