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Standing or sitting?
« on: May 03, 2015, 05:00:35 PM »
Sometimes I would see performers stand or sit while they play their guitars. Obviously I'm talking about acoustic guitars cause I have yet to see someone sit with an electric in their hands. LOL. But do you find it easier to sit or stand while playing?

Re: Standing or sitting?
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2015, 05:08:51 PM »
I’ve always played sitting. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever had the opportunity to play an acoustic guitar standing up since my classical doesn’t have a strap. Only time I ever played guitar standing was when I still played electric more regularly. I wouldn’t say I found one easier than the other, but I’m definitely way more used to sitting.

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Re: Standing or sitting?
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2015, 10:58:58 PM »
I find playing the guitar sitting down totally easier and more comfortable than playing standing up. Playing sitting down gives me more control with my strumming and my fingers are more comfortable when moving from one string or fret to the other. Playing guitar standing up isn't that bad but it takes some getting used to actually play normally. The thing I find most difficult when playing guitar standing up is the positioning of your fingers on the fret board. Because your wrist isn't as comfortable as when you're sitting down so it's kind of strained. bUt it also depends on how your body strap is adjusted on you. Sometimes I want the body strap to be really tight so I could reach the fret board better but then it looks weird and way up high on my body so I usually opt to just sitting down.

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Re: Standing or sitting?
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2015, 08:12:27 AM »
I very rarely have played and acoustic standing up haha, feels kind of awkward and I've never had to perform live with an acoustic guitar either so between necessity and comfort-ability I have no reason to not sit. I think a lot of people would probably agree too, whenever you see a video someone play an acoustic guitar they are typically sitting down, come to think of it other than live performances most people are sitting down when they play ANY type of guitar...

Re: Standing or sitting?
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2015, 02:08:58 PM »
I like playing sitting down for more intimate/acoustic performances, but I'd definitely stand when performing more intense genres like metal or punk music. So I guess it just depends on the scenario. Sitting down is definitely an underestimated way of playing in today's rock music, however.

Re: Standing or sitting?
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2015, 10:38:36 PM »
I usually play sitting down unless the guitar I'm using is relatively thin.  For some reason, full body acoustic guitars just feel awkward when I play them standing up.  With electric guitars, I'll play standing and sitting about the same amount when I'm at home and always standing when out at a gig.

Re: Standing or sitting?
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2015, 04:48:50 PM »
It is just what you are accustomed to doing. Many young players feel they need to perform by doing gymnastics (figure of speech) while playing the guitar. You cannot jump around sitting on a stool. Older players bypass the antics and just are there to play. So you may see an older player sitting on stage

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Re: Standing or sitting?
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2015, 05:34:57 PM »
I think it mostly has to do with what you're used to. Robert Fripp was taught to play sitting down, and he maintains it to this day, even on stage. He tried play standing up years ago, but simply couldn't get into it.

Re: Standing or sitting?
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2015, 06:43:59 PM »
You do your best playing with any instrument when you're comfortable. So you have to do what you feel is best for you. I personally like sitting since I don't have to deal with excess instrument weight that way.