1. It is not my opinion that sitting in general is bad.
It is what scientific data describes...
Sitting with guitar is not good for your back and else...
- this is my opinion, sure.
many, (no not most people) go their whole life playing sitting down without any issues.
, but many do have "issues"
we need data, study for that, but from people I know most of them complain to back pain etc. related to guitar playing.
3. If your guitar properly on strap and you not standing like a sculpture but moves a little from time to time, or all the time, it is not likely you would have similar back problems as with sitting. But because of the shape of guitar and ways how your body, hands, wrap around it you still could have a problem, unrelated to standing by itself.
4. I know guitarists who practice 10 minutes a day... but for developing professional - 90 minutes a day maximum? is not long enough amount of time...
I play 3-4 hours a day now.
When I was younger I played from 4 to 8 hours...
But everybody have their own goals etc. - I play because I enjoy that and because I have a lot of work to do.
5. When you are young and healthy it is easy to play in any position for long time.
Then you get older it is not like that anymore...
Most young people understand aging as a kind of abstract conception - some believe they always will be the same and have same flexibility, ability to learn new physical things and basically the same health etc.
Please understand - your physical experience of 20 year old man not the same as someone who is 50-60-70.
Please do not take it as an offence but,
it is a bit strange for me that you could come into topic which I started and argue with me but I could not come to yours and argue with you...
is it really the way like all discussions should be?
stevenhickeyguitar wrote:Hi andrei,
thought i'd come here to discuss with you as this debate wasnt quite appropriate for my AT experience thread (though i hope you didnt take anything said by myself or others personally!).
Continuing on the general AT/good posture theme, I think the problem many people have with your well put argument is that you make it seem that sitting is inherently bad, whereas, as with most things, if done properly will cause you no harm at all. Just as playing standing if done badly, would cause you harm. And as you said yourself in the AT thread, many, if not most people go their whole life playing sitting down without any issues.
In regards to your links to facts about sitting down for long periods of time being bad for you, which I think we all knew anyway, I know of very few guitarists who practice for more than 90 mins straight, and of even less who practice for more than 3 hours a day total. Also, many of the articles you link to are generic and in reference to average office workers sitting still at a desk for 5+ hours a day.
Perhaps what is needed isn't a new way of holding the guitar, but better tuition of how to sit with it properly. One thing Ive learnt from my AT lessons is that most people, pro's included, dont know how to sit properly with their instruments and so they pass their misconceptions on to their students; The most common piece of bad information being 'sit up straight'!
No doubt that standing is better for you overall, but the issue is not how the guitar is held, but how the player holds themself.