dk wrote:The most healthy way is with foot rest. Now you may not have difficultys playing any other way. But you have to think 20 years ahead. The guitar playing is unnatural enough.
Not really, using a foot stool is certainly a proven effective way of getting the required playing position but it is not the most healthy, the pelvis is tilted, if you spend many hours a day for many years you may cause lower back problems for yourself. There are many famous players around who have used foot stools for years without any apparent problems, this may be because they are immortal like Segovia
, never mention the fact in interviews or have gone to great lengths to keep fit and exercise and stretch during practice sessions. I still teach with pupils using the foorstool but I recommend they switch to a Gitano to start with (cheapest support, very effective) because both feet will be flat on the floor with good shoulder and pelvic alignment and it is easy to find a very good peg-head height for the guitar aiding the positioning of both hands. Guitar supports are the future I think, plus - they are more cool looking for younger players, always a factor with today's kids.
For players experiencing lower back aches when playing whilst using a foot stool, fine tune the chair height as well as the stool height, this should help, if not give a Gitano a try, you have nothing to lose and you can probably sell it for what you payed for it on e - b a y or somewhere like here.