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smrt173
post Nov 17 2007, 09:39 PM
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dear gmcers,

i cant play the guitar while standing.

the guitar body rests on my right thigh i can alternate pick normally but my left hand cant reach frets for penatonic scales...

any help on this?
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post Nov 17 2007, 09:40 PM
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QUOTE (smrt173 @ Nov 17 2007, 09:39 PM) *
dear gmcers,

i cant play the guitar while standing.

the guitar body rests on my right thigh i can alternate pick normally but my left hand cant reach frets for penatonic scales...

any help on this?

Shorten the strap to get the guitar higher


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post Nov 17 2007, 09:41 PM
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First adjust the strap so its on a comfortable level, do not care about how it looks.
And then its pretty much all about practice. Good luck smile.gif


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post Nov 17 2007, 09:42 PM
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Try to adjust strap that way so guitar is in almost the same position like when you're sitting.
And practice of course. smile.gif

QUOTE (Robin @ Nov 17 2007, 09:41 PM) *
First adjust the strap so its on a comfortable level, do not care about how it looks.
And then its pretty much all about practice. Good luck smile.gif


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post Nov 17 2007, 09:43 PM
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QUOTE (smrt173 @ Nov 17 2007, 08:39 PM) *
dear gmcers,

i cant play the guitar while standing.

the guitar body rests on my right thigh i can alternate pick normally but my left hand cant reach frets for penatonic scales...

any help on this?


just follow the above advice, altho lower may look cooler it does make it harder to play, so shorten the strap.


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post Nov 17 2007, 09:45 PM
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QUOTE (Smells @ Nov 17 2007, 09:43 PM) *
altho lower may look cooler it does make it harder to play

I think it looks much better having it high tongue.gif


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post Nov 17 2007, 09:49 PM
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QUOTE (Robin @ Nov 17 2007, 09:45 PM) *
I think it looks much better having it high tongue.gif


Petrucci rulezzzz biggrin.gif


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post Nov 17 2007, 10:17 PM
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thx for the advice...

i have to agree that low strap looks cool. i dont see guitarists with high straps lol
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post Nov 17 2007, 10:20 PM
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Personally I think low strap looks silly. Ahh maybe it works for heavy metal..


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post Nov 17 2007, 10:44 PM
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It definitely works for jimmy page. But it needs lots of practice to be comfortable at that level tongue.gif So my advice is to keep the strap real high and practice standing playing like that, then gradually lower it to a level where you're happy with the comfort/playability tradeoff.


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post Nov 17 2007, 11:27 PM
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QUOTE (Hemlok @ Nov 17 2007, 09:20 PM) *
Ahh maybe it works for heavy metal..


i think so m8 smile.gif I used to have guitar real low, but always kneeled laugh.gif for the fiddly parts, gave that up and went higher smile.gif


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post Nov 17 2007, 11:30 PM
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QUOTE (Muris @ Nov 17 2007, 03:49 PM) *
Petrucci rulezzzz biggrin.gif


Oh so true Muris!
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post Nov 18 2007, 03:11 AM
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QUOTE (Muris @ Nov 17 2007, 09:49 PM) *
Petrucci rulezzzz biggrin.gif

Here you see that Vai and Petrucci is playing with the guitar relatively high, they look relaxed and cool. On the other hand Satriani (to the left) is playing low, he always looks like he is either struggling, falling or loosing his head ... not very cool ... so ...



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It depends on what is comfortable to you. I like when it is high, goves me much more control of everything. Experiment wink.gif


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post Nov 18 2007, 04:13 AM
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laugh.gif

I love how everyone has said the same thing over and over, even though it's obviously already been said... biggrin.gif

On a serious note, don't listen to these guys. What you need to do is shorten your guitar strap! ohmy.gif
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post Nov 18 2007, 04:33 AM
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High looks better too.

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post Nov 21 2007, 03:34 PM
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Practise while standing everything you play on stage and you will get it.


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post Nov 25 2007, 11:20 AM
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yea ..i had that problem before as well , shorten strap and just play alot standing up , soon you will get use to it and able to rock it up biggrin.gif...


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post Nov 25 2007, 03:03 PM
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QUOTE (LwShieN @ Nov 25 2007, 11:20 AM) *
yea ..i had that problem before as well , shorten strap and just play alot standing up , soon you will get use to it and able to rock it up biggrin.gif...

thx for advices guys
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post Nov 26 2007, 04:03 PM
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I'm pretty big on performance (there's no way a band will make it without a killer live show these days), and I've realized that it really does pay off to practice standing and lowering your guitar little by little until it's comfortable at a level that's not hard to move your guitar while playing. You don't need to be swinging it like a bass, but if you play Beatles style on stage, all the work in the world won't make you look like an impressive guitarist to non-musicians.

If a band/performance is not important to you, you might as well tighten your strap to the level you play sitting, as others have already said.
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