For some things it is a case of "if it ain't broke don't fix it." If you have actually been playing for a long time and had no problems previously why did you want to change your method?kirolak wrote:I never had any problems playing barre chords, before I started reading up on how to do them - now I seem to struggle! ...
I've recently switched to this position too. What I find is that, because the guitar is angled away to the right, there is a much greater tendency for it to rotate away from you and slip down the left thigh. Could it be that that is giving you a feeling of instability which you are responding to by gripping with the crook of the arm and even the left foot? If so, maybe a chamois or other anti-slip solution would help.kirolak wrote:I have some peculiar aches & pains, such as my left toes hurt from gripping the footstool (!) & the inner side of the right elbow where it holds the guitar, is suddenly red & slightly painful I am holding the guitar in as upright a position as possible, with a very high foot stool as advised.
Perhaps this is just an adjustment period - has anyone else experienced any similar out of the blue discomfort?
I have seen youtube videos of professional guitarists who do this, (eg Gabriel Bianco) & have been told that it is less strain on the left arm & hand to have the headstock more or less over the left shoulder. . . so I have my footstool on top of a book now (Luetzele Weltgeschichte der Kunst!) I was originally trained on a 10-string "Yepes" style guitar, which had to be held almost horizontally, & caused severe sciatica (that was nearly 20 years ago )Brynmor wrote:Why are you holding the guitar "in as upright position a position as possible"?
Try a guitar support or strap!!! Seriously. Now. I can almost hear your vertebrae crunching on each other from here. Ouch.kirolak wrote:... . . so I have my footstool on top of a book now (Luetzele Weltgeschichte der Kunst!) ….