When I sat to play I loved that the guitar didn't move AT ALL. Now that I stand I love that I can change the neck angle if I need to.Arion Romanus wrote: ↑Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:08 pmThanks for another excellent video! I also play with a strap and would definitely recommend others try it as well. For what it's worth, I've attached my strap button at the underside of the heel (i.e. towards the ground) and I haven't had any problems with stability as the strap sort of "grips" the heel and holds it firmly. I also don't need locking buttons this way (although it would of course be safer that way). Apart from being able to freely adjust the height of the guitar, the strap also gives me greater control of the angle of the neck which is nice.
Speaking of adjustments; any thoughts on how high one should have the guitar? I usually go with the very rough guideline of having the headstock at about head height, but I'm not sure if that's always optimal.
I think your guitar is stable because you've got a strap that grips your shoulder well, it's nothing to do with the strap gripping the guitar's heel. But whatever, if it works for you that's the main thing! If it's set up properly you should be able to move both hands freely without disrupting the guitar.Arion Romanus wrote: ↑Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:08 pmI also play with a strap and would definitely recommend others try it as well. For what it's worth, I've attached my strap button at the underside of the heel (i.e. towards the ground) and I haven't had any problems with stability as the strap sort of "grips" the heel and holds it firmly.
Adding a counterbalance might not be a good idea because it increases the weight bearing down on the small contact area of the strap. Yes, my prototype aims to fix the balance issue.Arion Romanus wrote: ↑Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:08 pmI suppose that may be the case, though I've just got a standard cheap nylon strap, but as you said, my hands are free to move. I wonder if an alternative solution could be to attack some kind of counterweight near the back of the guitar/on the end of the strap; just in case on does have problems with balance. I've also seen videos of people using multiple straps/some kind of harness to hold the guitar. I suppose your prototype guitar will bypass this potential problem by design?
Thanks also for the tips on strap height - lots to think about!
Take it easy with the therapy - going slower is better. Be aware that your playing might contribute to the problem. Don't take that to mean I'm telling you to stop, though!Arion Romanus wrote: ↑Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:15 pmI'm glad to hear your wrist problems didn't persist. I'm currently undergoing some physical therapy for problems with my right arm and shoulders (from computer use/poor posture, not from guitar playing).
Speaking of elevating the neck, by the way, any thoughts on holding the guitar cello style à la Paul Galbraith? It seems to (at least theoretically) allow for a straighter left wrist, but I wonder if the more elevated elbow can cause other problems. Do you think it's a reasonable trade-off?
I've definitely slowed way down with my guitar practice and my physiotherapist gave me a set of stretches and exercises for me to do that I'm currently working on three times a week. If nothing else it goes to show that no matter how you play the guitar you should definitely look out for your general fitness. I'm actually lucky that I'm playing guitar as well; if it wasn't for me worrying about my ability to play I would have probably gone way longer without seeking professional helpPhD-Michael wrote: ↑Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:52 pmTake it easy with the therapy - going slower is better. Be aware that your playing might contribute to the problem. Don't take that to mean I'm telling you to stop, though!
As for the cello posture, while the seated position and body posture are good, cellist's aren't immune to RSI. Cubital tunnel syndrome AKA cellphone elbow AKA cellist's elbow! The left arm, being so elevated, risks impingements (the thoracic outlet syndrome mentioned in my video). The right arm isn't as supported. My nails pluck at about 45º to the string's length but the cello posture forces a perpendicular attack, which sounds more trebly.
Speaking of Andrei Krylov, I recall seeing this video of his where he briefly talks about playing with a strap. He's attached it the same way I have and it seems to have worked out for both of us.
Watch a video of Galbraith, you'll notice his arm (and therefore fingers ) is (are) perpendicular to the strings most of the time. I wasn't talking about playing cello - I meant Galbraith's cello posture mimicry!closet guitarist wrote: ↑Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:09 pmNot so sure about the above statement. Pizzicato on the cello is typically played towards the end of the finger board (like the other bowed sting instruments) so in order to play perpendicular to the cello string would require the elbow to be lowered a great deal. I do not recall ever seeing the cello being played like this except as one of the techniques of the bow. The reason pizzicato on the cello is not usually played below the finger board is that the strings will become oily from direct contact with the fingers. When the bow is subsequently used the oil will transfer to the hair of the bow and eventually darken the hair but more importantly the oil will diminish the bow's ability to bite into the string and rosin will be less able to adhere to the hair as well.
Great stuff! I don't suppose I influenced your decision to play standing up, did I?CSeye wrote: ↑Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:39 amI enjoy my work but it's intense and involves sitting for 8-9 hours a day.
The balancing act includes whole body exercise - kata practice, and in recent months, standing to play my Godin Multiac Grand supported by a wide strap. The ease of playing with strap support while standing has encouraged me to play more frequently. Interesting!