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Brandon Earman
post Oct 20 2009, 09:14 PM
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Hey GMC. I thought I'd get your input on practicing sitting down or standing up. I have a harder time playing technical things when standing up, so I was wondering if you practice standing or sitting? It sucks learning a piece sitting down only to find that when you stand up like you would for a gig and try out the new piece, you have trouble and you almost have to back track.

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post Oct 20 2009, 10:04 PM
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You should practice both ways. Start with practicing simple stuff standing up. When you've comfertable with that, get to the technical things. The most important things is that you're guitar is in balanc, i.e. if you're pressing on the fretboard from one side, it might flip to the other and you may not expect that. That's why you should also play als lightly as possible (without causing fret buzz)


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post Oct 20 2009, 10:12 PM
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Both ways would be cool to add to your practicing routing, yeah.
Eventually you'll start gigging more and more and this need
for practicing while standing will become less and less the must,
your body will get used to standing position
and everything will be much easier to switch from sitting to standing.
But until then, go for both ways. smile.gif


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post Oct 20 2009, 10:45 PM
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yeah i've found that standing up is more comfortable to me... it forces only one position for my picking hand to hit properly so it makes my form great. It really does just take time to get used to it. For me, the hardest part was the low E string and the higher frets (past 15 or so). Other than that - practice away! It gets your blood flowing too - which is great smile.gif


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post Oct 20 2009, 10:47 PM
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post Oct 20 2009, 11:28 PM
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If you feel uncomfortable, I suggest that you practice all the things you have to play live while standing up. This will give your fingers and body a good oportunity to adapt to this position, and will make things easier in the future as well.


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post Oct 20 2009, 11:36 PM
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A good point of view is what Guthrie Govan says in his book, eg. the right hand shall always have some connection with the guitar, since its unlikely You will stand absolutely still on the stage, and I guess that it also forces You to play more with the wrist than from the elbow, which is actually a good thing.... then of course there may be exceptions where You are needed to lift Your right hand from the guitar.

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QUOTE (earman @ Oct 20 2009, 10:14 PM) *
Hey GMC. I thought I'd get your input on practicing sitting down or standing up. I have a harder time playing technical things when standing up, so I was wondering if you practice standing or sitting? It sucks learning a piece sitting down only to find that when you stand up like you would for a gig and try out the new piece, you have trouble and you almost have to back track.


As everything, it's a matter of practice. I used to be like you. And then I bought a nice strap and straplocks, and I always leave the strap always on. So it's always convenient to play standing up. Now I find it much more fun and it's a more natural position (for the back).
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post Oct 20 2009, 11:43 PM
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I just had the same problem with my song that I have to perform Fri. I can play the shred stuff, but have
a little trouble with the chords. You should devote part of your time to practice while sitting, and some to
standing. Especially if you know you have to stand up and play it soon.


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post Oct 21 2009, 02:18 AM
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Its best to practice both ways. I often practice some things standing up and I remember I had a habit of practicing standing for a whole year. Good thing to do when sitting down is to adjust the strap that way to that the guitar stays in almost same position when you do stand up.


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post Oct 21 2009, 02:56 AM
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QUOTE (earman @ Oct 20 2009, 03:14 PM) *
Hey GMC. I thought I'd get your input on practicing sitting down or standing up. I have a harder time playing technical things when standing up, so I was wondering if you practice standing or sitting? It sucks learning a piece sitting down only to find that when you stand up like you would for a gig and try out the new piece, you have trouble and you almost have to back track.

-Brandon Earman


Hi, Brandon - just another fellow student here. I have also practiced guitar standing and sitting. I simply adjust my strap to about the same length that the guitar sits in my lap when I am sitting, and I hold the guitar between my legs rather than on one side, or on one leg when I am sitting, and so there isn't much of a difference aside of posture. Hope this little addition proves to be beneficial to you as well. Stay cool... cool.gif

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post Oct 21 2009, 09:05 AM
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I strongly suggest practicing both ways. Make sure to set up your guitar strap so that your guitar feels the same when you sit down and when you play standing up. Make an effort not to rest your playing elbow on your leg! That will make a huge difference as you won't be able to do that when standing up wink.gif


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post Oct 21 2009, 09:55 AM
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I've had some improvement so far. Specially from playing in classical position when I sit, and changing the strap position


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