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  • Sitting situation of choice

    Posted by atroutcatcher on January 28, 2024 at 7:22 pm

    Hi guys.

    Anyone willing to share their preferred seating for play and practice? And if you also use a strap and/or footstool? I’ve seen chairs and stools. Just can’t figure out which makes more sense.

    In 2024 I need to get my seating resolved so I’m playing and not having issues with my guitar falling or my feet getting a little numb…

    Be well everyone!😁

    RiverRooo replied 4 months, 2 weeks ago 4 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Loraine

    Member
    January 28, 2024 at 10:09 pm

    @atroutcatcher For me, a strap is a must, even sitting, because there are many times my hands come off the guitar, and I might lean or turn in my seat. The guitar can easily fall. It is a safety net. It also brings me comfort l’

    • atroutcatcher

      Member
      January 29, 2024 at 8:09 am

      @Loraine thank you. What type chair are you using?

      • RiverRooo

        Member
        January 29, 2024 at 11:40 am

        I was tossed about using a strap because I found myself focusing on how the strap felt and the fact that it didn’t really allow me to slightly turn the guitar towards me to see the strings/fret easier. I too am a beginner. Most times it’s easier to just leave the strap off for ease of moving the guitar–however, as Loraine mentions—it does help to keep it from falling. I still go back and forth and inevitably leave the strap off because I am wasting too much of my focus on it.

        As far as a chair? I was using a simple folding chair like you see with a card table, but then I found myself sitting at the edge too much to get a better position for my guitar to sit on my right thigh just right. Then I bought an adjustable foot rest to help elevate my right leg. I went back and forth trying to figure out which position was most comfortable—setting guitar on right or left leg. Left leg seemed comfortable at first (the “classical” position) but then while watching Tony on the 30-Day Lessons and him setting the guitar on his right leg,….I then tried that so it would encourage me NOT to always rely on the ease of being able to see the strings more buy utilizing the left leg support–plus the left leg support makes my left hand further away and slightly more difficult to properly arch my fingers when fretting. I gave up on the folding chair and found a “doctor’s” exam stool with a very comfortable cushioned top, with the top able to spin, and then the bottom legs are extended out which allows for me to put my heel on to slightly raise my right leg. I did look at a guitarist stool at our local music store, but it sat way to high which makes you have to use the foot rest but I still felt too tall. I like being eye level with my laptop as I am doing the lessons on TAC.

        Hope all this babble helps.

      • atroutcatcher

        Member
        January 29, 2024 at 6:38 pm

        @RiverRooo

        No babble at all. Very helpful and thank you. Thanks for sharing the trouble you’ve had. Me too. I spend too much energy on my sitting and visibility to the strings. Though playing without seeing the strings is frustrating – I’m hoping it’s just going to take a while…and I’ve been at it a year now. I’m hanging in and waiting for the skills to show up!

        Again, thank you for sharing. Always good for the spirit to know you’re not the only one struggling with the journey. But mind you, I’m struggling but I’m enjoying it and have no plans to stop any time.

        Be well and enjoy your playing.

      • RiverRooo

        Member
        January 30, 2024 at 3:23 pm

        albert_d (member) mentioned using a mirror to see yourself fretting the strings—I will be trying that tonight! Great idea Albert

  • John_Bolling_Hall

    Member
    January 30, 2024 at 5:37 am

    I sit with a strap. Have tried many chairs but my favorite is an inexpensive secretarial style swivel chair with a back rest and no arms, plus a circular foot rest. Comfortable and provides back support which I need.

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