Lawler wrote: ↑
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:31 am
resting their guitar on the right leg
Philip Rosheger (Santiago de Compostela winner '72) and Jose Tomas (Segovia's right hand man in the Compostela classes) played that way. (I studied with both.)
It would be a high aim to play as skillfully and expressively as Rosheger or Tomas. My memories of them inspire me every day.
I believe playing well has little to do with the leg the guitar is rested on. It's more about artistic sensitivity and the intensity of one's desire to make music.
Posture tends to compromise the overall playing, not saying it's the only factor to play good, it's about finding what's the best condition (phyisically) each one play depending a chosen piece or repertoire. Guitar playing is not only about what we hear, it is also about what we can see and feel physically in our bodies (i.e. we could play a Tarrega piece beautifully to our ears, but if we play it with LOADS of tension.. well, then the guitar playing at least in the technique, is not good enough for us as it compromises our present and future technique).
I'm asking anatomic reasons of why would someone prefer the right-leg one over the left-leg one, and viceversa, and in which conditions, based on personal experiences.
So far the two reasons I know (for choosing the right-leg one) is that it seems to enable more right hand strumming techniques, and also (and this comes from a kinesiologist/amateur guitarist) it seems to be better for our spine as it becomes straighten to our overall body. Although this last one depends on each one experience and depending the repertoire, my master stated that with an ErgoPlay his spine can be straighten to his body, even more than with the right-leg posture.
I remember at first, studying classical guitar pieces with my instrument resting on my right leg, such as Sound of Bells (or Choro de Texeira), Danza Paraguaya and Carcassi etudes with that position; then changed to the other one and almost immediately preferred the classical posture as the first thing I noticed was that it allowed a better reach for my left hand/arm.
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