Marlene Finch wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:33 am
I'm a complete novice here, but I found your posts about posture and guitar positioning very interesting.
In the line directly below, I'm quoting another post (but can't figure out exactly how to use the quote function
"The catalogue of players incapacitated by traditional posture is considerable. "
Can you tell me more about this....?
That was me
Well, the trouble is everybody is different and has different reasons for doing whatever they do; anecdotally, various players over time have been reported as leaving the performance profession due to physical issues. So this is about as unscientific as you could get without being ridiculous not least because I at least have kept no record of such incidences as have been mentioned over the years and have never researched it.
Plus, many players, including myself, might cite some physical issue as an excuse for quitting performance when really its just a less embarrassing thing to say than, "I realised I wasn't good enough". Certainly, of the vast majority of players who go through a phase of getting some recitals, getting some nice reviews, maybe making a recording and a few broadcasts, the vast majority end up quitting and either getting a salaried job or fall into teaching guitar. Some of them will have picked up difficulties related to posture which may well only start to kick in and hurt badly in their 30s or 40s.
Equally, a high proportion of even the still successful ones will at some stage experience some postural issues and/or over-use issues, again often after a couple of decades in the job.
So in one sense my quote above is an example of a statement that maybe should not have been made, because it rightly attracted the need for clarification, and as I have said, I have no concrete evidence, just experience, and observation. I would suggest that it is probably true, which is why I still wrote it in the first place. I should though probably change the word "incapacitated" because it implies permanence, which probably is not the case.
To use the quote function, find the post you wish to quote, and hit the big quotation mark icon on the right near the writer's name. If its long, I like to trim it down to the bit that is relevant, using ... to show bits are missing. Some write <snip> or the like.
If you want to answer sentences individually its trickier, but you can copy/paste the " [/quote] " bit where you want the quote to end and paste the [quote= NAME etc where you want it to pick up again. Use the Preview to check it hasn't gone all ratty on you.
Extra hint; just in case you get locked out of the forum when you hit Submit, copy and paste the whole text first, if its more than a few words. Otherwise you lose the lot. Happens sometimes.