LarryShone wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:34 pm
Then there is this, called a Brahms guitar, it uses an end pin, like a cello. When you look at it being played it makes sense!
I've tried a similar vertical position and it has some benefits. Obviously easy LH access to the fingerboard is the main one & the endpin makes a footstool or guitar support redundant (though Galbraith uses 2 footstools! - but that wouldn't be necessary without the resonance box at the feet). The right arm & hand & fingers are free too - great for avoiding pressure on the arm, allowing freer resonance of the guitar body & freer access to different timbral points on the strings.
I did find (and it sounds like Galbraith does too) that the sound produced by the nails, while bright, is slightly harder because the angle of the right hand is more perpendicular to the strings than the more melllow sound produced by the customary diagonal angle of classical guitarists.
Galbraith's position is also very good for checking whether you have great control of tension & RH technique & lack of undesirable additional tension in your right shoulder, arm, wrist, hands & fingers. I found it didn't take long to get used to the right arm but the left arm got tired quickly. You definitely need an endpin too as holding the lower bout between the legs doesn't really work.