TWO Footstools?

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TWO Footstools?

Post by kirolak » 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 ?

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Re: TWO Footstools?

Post by Todd Tipton » Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:17 pm

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.
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Re: TWO Footstools?

Post by Mollbarre » Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:40 pm

Why wouldn't he just travel with a chair?
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Re: TWO Footstools?

Post by Lovemyguitar » Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:14 pm

Mollbarre wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:40 pm
Why wouldn't he just travel with a chair?
Because it won't fit in carry-on?

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Re: TWO Footstools?

Post by Mollbarre » Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:31 pm

Don't see why not...I'm sure if "they" can put a man on the moon "they" can make a suitable travelling chair...
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Re: TWO Footstools?

Post by Lovemyguitar » Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:50 pm

Sure, toss in a roadie to carry all the instruments, furniture, and luggage, and Feuillatre will be all set for touring!

Maybe it's just a lot easier and more practical for him to use two footstools...

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Re: TWO Footstools?

Post by astro64 » Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:24 pm

Because it is easier to travel with two footstools than with one footstool and a chair. Judicael Perroy often does the same.

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Re: TWO Footstools?

Post by kirolak » Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:36 pm

Very interesting! (I actually use a plank under my footstool so as to raise the height but not the angle of the ankle)

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Re: TWO Footstools?

Post by Arash Ahmadi » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:43 am

There are chairs made for guitarists but they aren't very comfortable. Adjustable piano chairs are a way better option. For a piano concert, sometimes they have to move a piano to the hall but for a guitar concert, sometimes they don't even bother finding a proper chair...
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Re: TWO Footstools?

Post by bear » Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:41 pm

I use 2, both flat, left higher tan right. It's more comfortable (my arthritis tells me so) and the guitar is more stable.
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