Thank you for your interest and thoughts about this subject!
Please note how I finished my last post about this:
P.S. I just listened the news and they say that it is about 60% or more people living in Australia, USA, UK overweight or obese... then yes - standing is not a solution for majority... sitting is definitely easier...and they say in the news that one of the reason people gain weight is sedentary lifestyle... circle ...yes, I'm in minority - it is so easy for me to stand with guitar or not... therefore unfortunately my solution for back pain is not a solution for majority of guitar players...
Therefore I really not in any way insisting that people “must stand” etc. or that standing with guitar is a solution for everybody… All information which I presented is from scientific sources and studies and in no way I presented myself as a kind of special expert or something like that.
I have my experience (43 years of playing), those studies and rational analysis of the subject that’s all…
If you found any studies about problems or health effects of prolonged standing/moving – that’s how I approach to it, not standing rigid like a telegraph pole, but always move a little, to feel yourself in relax and natural position.
You wrote that playing while standing leads to carpal tunnel – please provide some reliable data and statistics about it – myself I never seen any studies like that and never had any problems like that in my 43 years of playing….
Yes I played a lot with footstool or support, but found that for me the best is standing/moving.
Yes I put videos of me on WWW playing classical music while sitting with the stool in tuxedo (which I hate as very inconvenient for guitar playing ) because that’s the way how it should look “normal” for classical guitarist and I play from time to time in tuxedo because some places where I play or agents who provide me with work insist on it …and I can play sitting, no problem … but I normally play all same pieces standing… I put video later (I’m travelling now and it is not easy for me to make such a video)
About cars and standing - I would love to stand in my car (even it could seem absurd to you ) because when I drive long distances and many hours I feel so much discomfort and I feel so tired and have a back pain and other pain, oh yes it would be great to stand (and move a little ) in the car, in airplane etc.
But unfortunately it is impossible because all cars made for sitting .. because of aerodynamics… if car would be so high – then it would not stable on the road. Who knows – maybe in the future will cars like that…
I stand now with my computer, typing, (as I always do) I always wrote my poems while walking – I hate to sit at the table and write – walking in the beautiful park, mountains, or even city street I have a lot more inspiration! … I like to sit, but not like with guitar, but almost laying down, with full support for my back, at my house on the shore of the beautiful lake and watch the water or moon and stars at night…sometimes… but in general I love to walk, to move, to do something – I hate to sit .
You mentioned many great guitarists to whom I have a great respect like - Andres Segovia, Narcisco Yepes, John Williams, Manuel Barjueco, Julian Bream, Francisco Tarrega – but
I don’t understand why did you came to conclusion that I could think that my ability and knowledge surpasses them just because I think that it is more ergonomic to play in standing/moving position for the person no extra weight and no specific injuries and in a good shape in general ?
I have a very deep respect and admiration of Augustin Barrios, and I think I could play his music which you mentioned in standing/moving position, but please forgive me - unfortunately I have no time for that, because I have too much of work to do with my own music…
But as far as very demanding right hand stretches – please try for example to play some of my pieces (I use all 5 fingers of right hand most of the time – pimae) and I played and recorded it in standing/moving position…
As far as giving up that battle I just tired to discuss it with people who use irrational arguments which are not confirmed by any science or statistics (I mean medical in this case)
About my rudeness (as you described it) I’m sorry if it seems so – it is probably because I still thinking in Russian as I write in English and it is probably more like a cultural thing (as you wrote in other theme that Spanish are more direct? – Russians are more direct than spanish) anyway it is not my intention and I sincerely apologise if somebody felt so.
As far as long list of wonderful guitar players who all play in sitting position with footstool? I respect their choice, but I respectfully disagree with it and with argument that this fact will make sitting with footstool ergonomic …
Your idea about division between Classical guitar and Spanish guitar seems a kind of artificial for me…
I don’t know what do you mean about trolling or hijacking you are talking about , but I’m sure if I did something wrong on this nice forum then moderators will correct me and will let me know.
I never personally attack anybody here and it is incompatible with my understanding of discussion and I find it is strange if I disagree with your ideas about something in discussion and bring some scientific data in support of my views and some examples and comparisons this means that I attacked somebody…
As far as carpal tunnel and other things legs, feet problems which you mentioned in your post - please bring me Data, statistics, proof about connection of standing/moving and those problems and maybe I’ll agree with you then. Myself I never experienced all that and did not see anything in reliable sources.
I never claimed to be a specialist in anatomy, I’m guitarist/composer/poet with some rational thoughts sometimes…
but there are lots of scientific data available for anybody to think about this subject for themselves. I started to play standing long time ago just because I felt it is more convenient for me, relieve me from my pain and because I don’t like sitting lifestyle in general…
I think it is a bit to do with the way of thinking in general – I always lived in the world there you should analyze things and do not have just blind faith in some words authorities, also I’m a kind of left handed person - I mean my brain is identical to left handed because my main eye and ear are left and that’s why the way of my thoughts is probably little bit non standard
To conclude all this here is my proof about sitting :
http://www.npr.org/2011/04/25/135575490 ... ight-think
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/hea ... inglepage/
please bring here links about dangers of standing/moving walking (because that what I’m talking about) it will be interesting to see.
And - Yes I agree - you could improve your sitting, but you could not make it ergonomic... but if you choose sitting - then good for you! Enjoy your guitar playing!
And yes, there are many people who could not stand by health reasons, car accidents, extra weight, etc. so sitting for them is good solution for their love to guitar music ! I agree on 100%.
But for average person with no above described health problems the "Solution to back problems from foot stool use" just to get rid of footstool completely and play standing/moving, or at least with guitar support.
Again: - P.S. I just listened the news and they say that it is about 60% or more people living in Australia, USA, UK overweight or obese... then yes - standing is not a solution for majority... sitting is definitely easier...and they say in the news that one of the reason people gain weight is sedentary lifestyle... circle ...yes, I'm in minority - it is so easy for me to stand with guitar or not... therefore unfortunately my solution for back pain is not a solution for majority of guitar players...
And all this a personal choice! Everybody is free to do how they like it! All I’m talking about is another option. That’s all.
Good luck! Enjoy your guitar journey!
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