Returning to classical guitar.

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Returning to classical guitar.

Post by bluetoby » Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:37 am

After a false start last year i am now able to return to playing classical guitar my problem was a trapped nerve in my lower back i still have to take things easy but playing & practice is now a pleasure not a pain.

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Re: Returning to classical guitar.

Post by eno » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:18 pm

Welcome back! I had back problems too, fortunately they are mostly gone now. Just don't use footstool, it's bad for the lower back. Use guitar support instead. I prefer guitar cusion.
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Post by Brooke Martin » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:30 pm

eno wrote:Welcome back! I had back problems too, fortunately they are mostly gone now. Just don't use footstool, it's bad for the lower back. Use guitar support instead. I prefer guitar cushion.
Is there a guitar support or cushion that you'd recommend?

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Re: Returning to classical guitar.

Post by eno » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:34 pm

There are a few chioces at Amazon, search for "Guitar Cushion", they are pretty much the same. Dynarette brand is a good quality but a bit more expensive. Many people use guitar supports but I found them less comfortable than cushions and they can also damage the guitar finish (especially French finish). With the cushion you can adjust the height by moving it right or left on your lap. I switched a few years ago and my lower back pain was gone. When you use foot stool your lower spine is curved and more strained, that's uncomfortable and very damaging for the spine if you spend long hours in this position. With a cusion or support your back is straight.
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Re: Returning to classical guitar.

Post by celestemcc » Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:07 pm

Here we go with opinions! :D One thing about a cushion is that they're not adjustable. Supports usually are. I'll suggest an Ergoplay (there are two models) or a DeOro. Both use suction cups. The former is somewhat more adjusable, which may suit you better; the latter is also adjustable, just a bit less so, but is more compact and will fit in a case, if you need that. Best wishes!
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Re: Returning to classical guitar.

Post by eno » Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:36 pm

Cushions are also easily adjustable as I said above: you can adjust the height by moving it right or left on your lap. The adjustment range is quite large. What I didn't like about the supports is that they feel a bit hard on the lap. Anyway they both work just fine and both are pretty cheap so you can try both and choose what you like.
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Re: Returning to classical guitar.

Post by georgemarousi » Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:03 pm

Hi there and welcome back to CG ! :)

I recommend "Barnett Guitar Support" - I have it and I'm very satisfied !

The main difference is that this one uses magnets to stay on, so no cuppings that can uncup while you play ! It only needs an installation of a coulpe of magnets inside the guitar, for which there are detailed instructions/videos - oh, and it is quite expensive, butm to me, it worths every cent.

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Re: Returning to classical guitar.

Post by Luuttuaja » Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:47 pm

Hello and welcome back! I use a Dynarette cushion myself. It works well with me.

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Post by bluetoby » Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:00 am

Thanks for all the tips & recommendations what i have tried & so far seems to be working at the moment i have done away with the footstool and i am using flat piece of wood about 2 " high , not a twinge so far.

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Re: Returning to classical guitar.

Post by dory » Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:17 pm

I do strongly recommend the Barnett support. It is adjustable but there are no suction cups to ruin your guitar's finish, and it is relatively esthetically pleasing. I, personally would worry about usingnanything that elevates your leg if there are any back or hip issues. The problem is, pain can come back.
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Re: Returning to classical guitar.

Post by AndyPurkis » Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:42 pm

+1 for the dynerette. I bought the smaller one but after correcting my posture I now feel I need the larger one.

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Re: Returning to classical guitar.

Post by dory » Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:10 pm

I have a Dynarette but never use it since I got the Barnett support. I know Chris Barnett is on this forum but I swear Inam not sucking up to him for any reason. I just really love his product. It has changed my life.
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Re: Returning to classical guitar.

Post by mmapag » Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:38 pm

I have a Dynarette that is only used a few times sitting in my music room. I don't have any back issues and actually prefer a footstool. If anyone is interested in a bargain, PM me.
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Re: Returning to classical guitar.

Post by artdecade » Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:42 pm

I use a Dynarette with my archtop and I feel it works well. I just watched the video for the Barnett system and I have to admit that I am impressed by the functionality and thought that went into this clever design.
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Re: Returning to classical guitar.

Post by Asa Guitar » Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:08 am

Persistently pursue your goals, you will not know what you will achieve. Personally, I always feel the guitar as a close friend, enjoy with it, live with it!
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