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sirmyghin
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:48 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

It just came to my attention today that I can play significantly faster, while standing, this struck me as odd, could just be the angle of the arms I guess but I never noticed it until now. anyone else have this (problem)?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:51 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Can't say that I've ever noticed, as I typically play electrics standing, and acoustics sitting (thus I don't even play the same stuff in both modes)...I'll have to investigate that one. Think
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:52 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

I thought that this was a peeing question. Confused

I found that I can tell on my recordings when I play sitting. I just do not play as well. I never figured out why, but I do know that because of that I practice and play standing whenever possible. I think that (for me) it is the angle of attack and my wrist position of my left hand. My left thumb is never in the correct position while sitting (unless I am holding the axe like a classical).
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sirmyghin
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 3:07 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

I noticed the left hand this too, it just glided a little better, I never really practiced much standing (until recently as my arm doesn't like to pick my DC sitting down, gets sore in the shoulder). Only thing I played standing generally was my bass as thats what I perform with a good 98% of the time. Everything just seems to flow nicer upright and I can't hold an electric classical while sitting, never liked it.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:13 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Tripoutski wrote:
I thought that this was a peeing question. Confused


Laugh Hard

Generally I practice with the group and at home standing as straight up as I can Rolling Eyes

I imagine there could be advantages (for some material) to either. *I* prefeer standing, as that's how I perform. The few instances that I may slap or use a tecnique I don't normally use (picking for instance) - I find sitting produces better results, as it raises the instrument Neutral

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:00 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Not to mention I'm also one of those freaks with longer legs /arms than my height should have and missing some upper body in consequence, may have something to do with it.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:07 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Sadly, I play better sitting down.

When I play standing up, it almost looks like I'm playing violin!

I've tried the whole James Hetfield/Zakk Wylde/Slash low hanging guitar stance, and it really messes with my wrist.

I'll have to take a pic this week... It'll be good for a laugh. Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:19 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Changing how I have the bass or guitar while sitting after reading what's on the link below has helped a lot. No more wrist pain and much better left hand technique.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 6:02 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

I've always been faster when sitting, but i recently got a metronome (fiiinally) so now i'll be practicing while standing-up much more Pray

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:03 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

I got used to standing when I play, after the first band I was in having to learn to play standing. Now, I find that it's awkward and I tend to hurt my wrist if I play sitting.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:08 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

I just CANNOT even fathom the idea of Pete Townsend doing windmills while sitting down. Shocked


When first learning to play the guitar, I played faster while sitting.
But after I started playing in bands, in front of live audiences, then standing on a stage was more fun, and I feel that I was more inspired and therefore I played better and faster.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:06 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

I used to have trouble playing while standing. To solve problem, I began resting my guitar on my left leg in classical position thus forcing me to get used to the angle. So now when I stand I am already used to the angle the guitar hangs.

I practice mostly setting since it is a bit difficult to stand and play in the TRUCK. (No Room)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:24 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

I sit and play classical style (guitar between legs) when in the studio or if I don't have a strap with me. Other than that, I stand. I do wear my guitar a little high considering the type of music we play, but the final result is much better.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:09 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

I have my strap set high enough that, whether I'm sitting or standing, the guitar is in roughly a "classical" position. For extended finger stretches, that old lap-style sitting posture just doesn't cut it. Plus, it's not terribly good for your back to be hunched over a guitar for any length of time. I encourage all of my students to play their guitars in a position that easily translates to either sitting OR standing. It's not very "rock 'n roll" to have your guitar so high, but is that look worth playing poorly? My $.02



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:49 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Applause My thoughts exactly! Dancing Applause

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:57 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

CK wrote:
... It's not very "rock 'n roll" to have your guitar so high, but is that look worth playing poorly? My $.02
CK


Ha ha ha! Reminds me of Jr. High. All the "cool" guys would practice in front of a mirror to get just the right "guitar slinger" look. But when they hit that first chord, it made ya' want to put bees in your ears. I'll vote for comfortable and good sounding.

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