hesson11 wrote:Mr. Gallen's guitar certainly looks stable. One advantage to that posture would seem to be keeping the left hand close to the body so you don't have to reach out and up to the neck. I imagine this might help prevent shoulder problems while also reducing the angle at which you sometimes have to bend your left wrist to play. Not sure about what deleterious effects holding the right shoulder out and up might have, though.
One question: How long can you sit like that? When I try it, my right leg starts to hurt fairly quickly. It also tends to "go to sleep."
Bob, as you mentioned, Gallen's posture keeps left hand down at belly level rather than high at eye/shoulder level. I actually found it less tiring than having the left hand up there all the time. You may do a test: lift your left hand up to where you eye level is and keep it here for 2 minute. Quickly the arm exhausts. That's what happens to me in the classical posture.
But that's about all the disadvantage I found about classical posture. With cross-leg posture, I can play for 20 or 30 minutes without any problem. But I can't concentrate on anything more than 20 minutes, ADD?
So I need to take a break from practice and walk around very often. The posture works for me in that it has not caused any shoulder, leg, back problem... so far. But I don't practice 8 hours a day and I work out regularly.
I'm also not into gadgets. Like when I'm running, only thing I have is my keys (of course clothes and shoes). It probably will drive me nuts if I not only need to carry a heavy case but also a capo, a few picks, a tuner, a foot stool, a music stand, etc etc. I'm good enough to play in Eb without using a capo on 3rd fret and play in C