kirolak wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:53 pm
I see that Raphael Feuillatre uses a footstool for each foot. . . puzzled. . . btw the right one is lower than the left. (I know I would knock one of them over.) Does anyone else use 2 ?
I've never seen Feuillatre live, but I've seen videos. His use of the 2nd footstool basically creates the same adjustment as lowering the chair or bench. In a similar way, my practice chairs are slightly too high and aren't adjustable. I have some oversized hardback books that "raise the floor" about an inch and a half (about 3.8 centimeters). I use them for the right foot. In addition, the footstool for my right foot is about an inch and a half (about 3.8 centimeters) taller than it would be.
If you watch Feuillatre (at least in the videos I've seen), you can see his right leg segment between his knee and hip. It is basically parallel to the floor or perhaps the knee is slightly higher. One could easily imagine that, without the second footstool, the hip could end up being higher than the knee. With gravity, the body of the guitar would then be more prone to slipping out of his lap. As a result, counter-productive tension would be placed in his right arm in an effort to hold the guitar in place.
Perhaps, even on the lowest setting, an adjustable piano bench is still too high for him and the second footstool solved the problem. Or perhaps the piano bench can easily go low enough for him. If that is the case, maybe he is used to practicing in higher chairs where he needs the 2nd footstool. And maybe because he is used to it in practice, he doesn't want to change it in performance. Regardless of the reason, one thing is clear to my eyes: he is in a good default position. Without the second footstool, he would no longer be in the best position.
Dr. Todd Tipton, Noda Guitar Studio
Charlotte, NC, USA (available via Skype)