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post Jan 15 2010, 04:20 PM
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Hello Everybody,

I know there are a lot of similar topics about playing while sitting down and standing up, but I would like to share this with you.


Probably the Satch fans have already seen this a dozen of times but it's new for me and I love it.



Satch sitting down while playing "Crushing day":

He says: "A warning to any guitar player: Never write a song sitting down because you might be able to play it standing up." smile.gif

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNjYwNzU2ODg=.html


(Btw, sorry cause it's not an youtube link).



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post Jan 15 2010, 07:24 PM
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yeah, it's the truth. It's a lot more common sense to practice everything you will perform on stage at home while standing up, it will sound better!


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post Jan 15 2010, 08:11 PM
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I know, but I still write songs sitting down biggrin.gif
I do practice standing too though, each to his own I guess... smile.gif
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post Jan 15 2010, 11:32 PM
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Message on the video said "It's not available in my region" sad.gif


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post Jan 16 2010, 01:08 AM
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"A warning to any guitar player: Never write a song sitting down because you might be able to play it standing up."

I couldn't watch the video, but I'm not sure I get this write. Is it meant to say, that if I write a song sitting down, I might just be able to also play it standing up? That can't be right...


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post Jan 16 2010, 01:34 AM
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QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Jan 16 2010, 01:08 AM) *
"A warning to any guitar player: Never write a song sitting down because you might be able to play it standing up."

I couldn't watch the video, but I'm not sure I get this write. Is it meant to say, that if I write a song sitting down, I might just be able to also play it standing up? That can't be right...


No no, it's the opposite, and I think it matters with intensive songs the most (like Satch compositions for example).


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post Jan 16 2010, 02:08 AM
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He is quite right but still when I see Paul Gilbert doing monster stretches and arpeggios while standing then everything is possible smile.gif


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post Jan 16 2010, 03:47 AM
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I bet he *could* play it standing up but not as easy and flawlessly as he is playing his other stuff. Unlike guitarists like John Petrucci, Satch has his guitar strung very low (for a shredder) so playing wide stretches becomes extremely diffcult!

I still think it would have been cooler to put one leg on the monitor speaker and raise the guitar to a comfortable level instead of grabbing a chair to sit down in the middle of a song!


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post Jan 17 2010, 11:54 AM
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It is good to know both, standing, sitting!


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post Jan 17 2010, 01:17 PM
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I think it takes both really, certainly I feel more comfortable learning new stuff sitting down but once i know it i can control it a lot more standing up, its weird really, but things like breathing, posture and relaxing your fretting hand all come easier whilst standing. I also make less mistakes when I play live too, how strange is that?
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post Jan 17 2010, 04:06 PM
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QUOTE (sted @ Jan 17 2010, 01:17 PM) *
I think it takes both really, certainly I feel more comfortable learning new stuff sitting down but once i know it i can control it a lot more standing up, its weird really, but things like breathing, posture and relaxing your fretting hand all come easier whilst standing. I also make less mistakes when I play live too, how strange is that?


Possibly your guitar is in a better position when standing. Try adjusting the sitting down position to see if that is the issue - sit on different chairs etc. Regarding live performance, maybe its just that you are much more concentrated on playing when you're on stage!


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post Jan 19 2010, 11:03 AM
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QUOTE (UncleSkillet @ Jan 15 2010, 08:32 PM) *
Message on the video said "It's not available in my region" sad.gif



QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Jan 15 2010, 10:08 PM) *
"A warning to any guitar player: Never write a song sitting down because you might be able to play it standing up."

I couldn't watch the video, but I'm not sure I get this write. Is it meant to say, that if I write a song sitting down, I might just be able to also play it standing up? That can't be right...


Hello Guys,
When I wrote this topic I was in my lunch time at work and youtube is blocked here.
But now here's an youtube link. Hope this works for you now.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJO_18sTbhA
I'll avoid strange links again. wink.gif

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post Jan 19 2010, 03:05 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jan 16 2010, 01:34 AM) *
No no, it's the opposite, and I think it matters with intensive songs the most (like Satch compositions for example).


Then it's quite as I've been saying. There is an error in the first post? It should say: "Never write a song sitting down, because you might NOT be able to play it standing up?


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post Jan 19 2010, 04:43 PM
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QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Jan 19 2010, 12:05 PM) *
Then it's quite as I've been saying. There is an error in the first post? It should say: "Never write a song sitting down, because you might NOT be able to play it standing up?


I watched the video once again and you're right man! wink.gif

The right sentence is: "Never write a song sitting down, because you might NOT be able to play it standing up".

Anyways, the main point is, sometimes can be hard to play standing, things we have been only practicing sitting down.



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post Jan 19 2010, 04:59 PM
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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Jan 16 2010, 03:47 AM) *
I bet he *could* play it standing up but not as easy and flawlessly as he is playing his other stuff. Unlike guitarists like John Petrucci, Satch has his guitar strung very low (for a shredder) so playing wide stretches becomes extremely diffcult!

I still think it would have been cooler to put one leg on the monitor speaker and raise the guitar to a comfortable level instead of grabbing a chair to sit down in the middle of a song!


I remember John talking about something similar regarding this on one of the Dream Theater DvD`s, I think it`s from Live at Budokan.

Anyways, when the went over to use in-ear monitors, he got himself some custom aluminum-stands to place his feet while playing difficult passages tongue.gif Look at this picture to see what I mean (and MAN, that`s some solid boots!)


On the other hand, both Satch and especialy Bettencourt, has their guitars pretty low for shredders (Nuno has some extreme solos which could be describe as shredder-ish). I need to have my guitar pretty high to perform well live when playing difficult stuff, while I tend to hang it a bit lower for pure rock. when practising, I always learn/write the songs sitting, and when managing it properly at ease, I change to practise standing smile.gif


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post Jan 20 2010, 02:46 PM
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QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Jan 19 2010, 03:05 PM) *
Then it's quite as I've been saying. There is an error in the first post? It should say: "Never write a song sitting down, because you might NOT be able to play it standing up?


Aahh, I guess that makes sense Cael, sorry mate.


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post Jan 20 2010, 02:58 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jan 20 2010, 02:46 PM) *
Aahh, I guess that makes sense Cael, sorry mate.


I just got a little confused, as I couldn't watch the video at the time and I had heard the "play standing up"-advice before... so I got a little mislead suddenly laugh.gif


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I always practice sitting down, and the other day I tried playing some songs standing up... a complete disaster! laugh.gif

I guess I will have to practice standing up more often smile.gif


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Practice standing up for a while it's a great exercise. It's a must exercise for anybody that wants to play in a band


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Nice vid, I know most Satch tunes, but not this one, I like it wink.gif The clip is very cool, the part where they show him sitting down on all gigs tongue.gif haha


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