Contrary to what some say, good posture feeds into good technique, which feeds into great guitar playing. In this lesson Dan gives us examples of good posture for two different ways of holding the guitar.
Taught by Dan Sugarman in Sugarman's Shredding Revolution seriesLength: 5:21Difficulty: 1.0 of 5
The Perfect Practice Posture
You may or may have not noticed how I’ve been sitting so far, but I wanted to take a moment to explain that I do this so that I can practice longer without hurting myself, and in turn, I can get more out of my practice!
So far we’ve covered some pretty important stuff with the way our hands will interface with our guitar at the base level, but right now we’ll go over what I consider to be the foundation of everything you’ll ever do from here on out - today, we learn how to properly sit with the guitar when we practice, so as to insure we can practice for as long as we want without any pain or adverse health effects.
First, I’m going to show you the difference between the two most common seated practice positions - either one will work, so choose what you like best, just keep in mind why you choose one over the other, and be open to the idea of shifting around while you play.
Classical Position vs. Rock Position
I sit in classical position most of the time, but go back and forth so as not to “wear one out”... I find that the position change every now and again helps me maintain.
To Sit in Classical Position: Prop your left foot up, spread your right foot out to the right side slightly, and place the guitar between the two legs. The left foot being propped up will tilt the guitar neck upwards, while the right foot supports the guitar by being placed between the two legs and using the legs to balance the guitar with stability. Your picking hand arm will also support the guitar by having your forearm on the upper right topside of the guitar.
To Sit in Rock Position: just change the leg that your guitar sits on, and prop that leg up! The guitar neck should now be tilted upwards so that your fretting hand reaches the fretboard easier and so that your fretting hand elbow hangs naturally.
By taking the time to understand the actual foundation of what we practice on and how we practice will mean that you can practice for longer, and more often. Take it from me, I sat incorrectly for years and developed a bone spur on my shoulder from hunching over too much! But I’ve since fixed that, and have practiced for upwards of 10-12 hours in a day.
Here’s how to set yourself up for success and an interesting way to think about it.
Scoot up on the chair about half way up the chair so that your back is not leaning against the back of your chair) It is also best to have a non-sloping chair, one that is flat and parallel to the ground is best for you and your back. Straighten your back when playing while seated so that you are sitting straight up. Relax your entire body to avoid excess tension. Now, here’s the trick in how you support yourself when seated in a relaxed way:
IMAGINE THIS: YOUR HEAD - is like a coat hanger, being pulled up (lifting your spine & ribs with it). YOUR SHOULDERS/REST OF BODY - is like the clothes hanging from that hanger. Use gravity to your advantage to let it weight your shoulders down from your hanging head. it allows for a specific type of engagement in the body that is relaxed and self sustaining that helps me prolong my practice time, or recording time.
Hopefully that gives you a better understanding as to how you can go about sitting more comfortably, and in turn, with your health in mind. This should help you to sit comfortably and self-supported, which will insure the best practice you can possibly have.
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Dan Sugarman is a 26 year old guitarist, producer, teacher and songwriter hailing from the South Bay of Los Angeles, CA. His tenacity and dedication to the art of music and guitar led him to the lead guitar position in the internationally touring band, As Blood Runs Black. Now as a solo artist, Dan continues to work on his original music being released through Patreon, and is currently producing and engineering other bands & artists at Sugartone Studios, and composing for film & television. He also maintains an ever-growing student body as a private guitar teacher, mentor, and educator in the crafts of songwriting, creativity, and modern day recording techniques.
Dan is currently working on his "living album", Inside Out - Part I, available on patreon.com and completing an album for his new group A Mind Made Me, featuring singer//actor Sarah J Bartholomew.
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