Electric guitar normally played with strap, therefore right lap is not a correct description.alexdegroot wrote:With the posture used in classical guitar you will have your body in the least limiting position to play the guitar, it plays so much more easy and relaxed once you get used to this position.
Once you have played in the classical position for a while and then try to go back the the guitar on right lap you understand how limiting that position actually is
This is a very good video, Abel talks a lot about body position and both hand positioning here.
A Guitar Lesson with Abel Carlevaro.
Yes it is very important to have hands relaxed - and that is what one would have using a strap in a proper way.Gruupi wrote:The classical guitar posture puts both hands in a relaxed position, for me at least, it allows both wrists to be straight. Scott Tenant described it well in his "Pumping Nylon" video.Hold your wrists straight and make a fist, it is an easy and natural motion, and requires little effort. Now, bend your wrist in any direction, and making a fist requires effort and strain. A good playing position also allows your arms to hang free at the shoulders, again relaxed where your arms can move freely.
I still prefer a more horizontal position if playing with a pick, or on steel string guitars in general. The shape and size and the relationship between the body and neck just feels more natural horizontal. A Classical guitar ergonomically just works better at a steeper angle.
In the end, I've seen all kinds of positions from guitarists playing all kind of music. What looks like a contorted mess to me may be just fine for someone else. As long as you are stress free so as to avoid injury, then anything goes.
You find some vídeos on Carlevaro's technique by Alfredo Escande, who helped Carlevaro writing his famous book "School of Guitar". Here a vídeo on Carlevaro's 5 right hand strokes:Deenag wrote:This is a wonderful video. I was hoping Mr. Carlevaro would include a detailed description of right hand technique as well. Are there more videos by this amazing musician?