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Poll: How much of the time do you practice standing? (36 member(s) have cast votes)

How much of the time do you practice standing?

  1. I play/practice standing almost all of the time (90+%) (5 votes [13.89%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.89%

  2. I play/practice standing most of the time (75-90%) (2 votes [5.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.56%

  3. I play/practice both sitting and standing equally (about 50/50) (3 votes [8.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

  4. I play/practice sitting most all of the time (75-90%) (5 votes [13.89%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.89%

  5. I play/practice sittting all of the time (90+%) I rarely stand. (21 votes [58.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 58.33%

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#1 Matonanjin

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 08:49 PM

Many of us are on the email list of the BGU author (Griff).   And recently one of his emails addressed the issue of practicing standing up.  In it he stated that if one doesn't play standing up when one does it is going to be a "rude awakening".

 

And in a guitar magazine (I cant' remember which one) recently the author called practicing always while seated "bedroom syndrome".

 

Both of these reminded me just how bad I am about this.  I rarely practice standing.  Almost never even though I know that I should.  In my defense it hurts to do so because of back issues.  At least it did with my Les Paul or Strat.  But I have recently purchased a semi-hollow body and a hollow body (Gibson 325) and my new PRS is really light. And even if I didn't have these I could have practiced for a few minutes of each session standing.  So I no longer have any excuse. 

 

So I have to do this.  And the few times that I have it was a rude awakening.  facepalm.gif

 

But I am curious what others are doing.  I know to jazz & classical players it's probably not as important.  But do you play standing up?  How much of the time?


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#2 Dennis G

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 12:37 AM

I used to play seated when "practicing" known skills (i.e. scales, etc.) and learning new things. Then, when I wanted to just "jam away" I'd stand. Lately, back and neck issues have set in so I don't spend as much time in either position as I should, but standing gets the lesser amount of time. I keep my straps on all my guitars so that they are at the same level, if you will, seated or standing, which helps a bit, but playing while standing is definitely "different".

 

Edit: I did play in a band in the late '60's, and we NEVER practiced in a sitting position, knowing that we were going to have to play whatever we learned in a standing on stage position. I was however, a lot younger then LOL.


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Posted 08 April 2017 - 02:25 AM

I stand 99.8% of the time

 

but I've always used a strap so the guitar seated or standing is usually close to where it would be either way.


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Posted 08 April 2017 - 02:40 AM

I stand about 25% of the time at home, which is when I practice band material for performance preparation. I play standing 100% at rehearsals. I sit when learning material, or practicing skills. 

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 09:34 AM

I spent the first seven years playing seated, but after that I've been standing. It's much better for my back as well as it prevents me from hunching over.



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Posted 08 April 2017 - 02:49 PM

I played seated until I got to the rhythm of "The Wabash Cannonball and La Bamba. It was a difficult change. Now after 5 years of playing  it poses no problem even though I play seated 99.9% of the time. I think the reason it doesn't matter is because I play a classical guitar and there are  times I hold my steel string and Strat the same way. When I stand my guitar is in the same position as in the classical position sitting.When practicing high on the neck the classical position feel best for all three guitars.


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Posted 08 April 2017 - 03:21 PM

I sit with guitar. I tried standing up and didn't like it. I can,however, play ukulele standing up with no problem.

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#8 BobF_

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 04:54 PM

I sit almost exclusively.  I see no reason to prepare for something that will never happen :laugh:

 

I do play half standing on/against a tall stool from time to time and it isn't a problem.


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#9 Matonanjin

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 09:16 PM

I have to say the results of this so far are shocking.  At least to me.


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#10 Dennis G

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 10:28 PM

I have to say the results of this so far are shocking.  At least to me.

I'm a bit surprised that more players are not "standing up". I personally think that they're missing something, but then again, that's just me.


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 01:32 AM

I play standing most of the time. I like to be able to move around and groove to the music. I don't have a good guitar throne so that is another reason why I am more comfortable standing. My playing is totally different standing versus seating. Standing is definitely more active. I figure standing and moving is better for my body.


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 11:40 PM

I guess you could say I have the bedroom syndrome, because that's where and how I play and practice, seated about 90% or the time. I started that way because my first guitar didnt have strap buttons, and being a classic ( a 1968 Ovation) I didn't want to drill holes in it.  Ive tried several seated positions, and the one I like the best is a straight back wooden chair, guitar on right knee, and using a foot elevating rest..

Lately though, I've tried playing standing up (using other guitars) and actually found it quite liberating.  I thought it would be harder to see the fret-board, but it isnt really...It does get a bit tiring over time but for a half hour or so, ok. Which type and size of guitar will matter too. As Gotto said, learning new material while seated  better. Whatever works for you..

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 05:07 PM

Since I spent all that money on a Soundseat I better sit in it and play, LOL. Seriously, sitting is what works for me since I'll never be a performing guitarist.
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Posted 12 April 2017 - 05:16 AM

I play sitting down and would continue to do so if playing live.


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#15 MrStig91

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 12:02 AM

When doing my lessons I sit and if I'm just jamming I stand. However, when I play sitting I put a pillow behind my back (in my computer chair) to move me forward a bit and still have a little support. I basically sit at the edge of my seat and my guitar body hangs kind of between my legs. I wear my strap up pretty high anyway but yea. 

 

Basically, the way I play sitting puts my guitar in nearly the same position it is when standing. 

 

Actually, I just played today for the first time in years sitting down and without a strap (with the exception of my acoustics which I always hold "classical style") and I kept fumbling all my notes. haha. Setting the guitar on my leg put it in a strange spot and I just couldn't play as smooth as normal.


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