Footstool Slope Poll

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Paul
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Footstool Slope Poll

Post by Paul » Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:10 pm

After reading the footstool position thread I thought it might be worth polling the members who use footstools as to what their preferences are.

Do you prefer the footstool to be

(i) Uphill,
(ii) Downhill, or
(iii) Flat?

(this is from the point of view of the person using the footstool :) )

Paul

P.S. I prefer mine flat.

Kris

Re: Footstool Slope Poll

Post by Kris » Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:15 pm

(ii) Downhill.

But I've never had one that allowed for flat....I think.

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Re: Footstool Slope Poll

Post by Noadman » Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:22 pm

After reading the earlier thread, I switched to the downhill slope, so it's been about two/three weeks and I don't think I'll go back to the uphill. I had just been thinking I needed more height for my left leg and this solution has really worked out well. I've since tried alternating to see whether it's just a psychological thing, but I really think I get better and more solid support with the downhill slope.

I don't suppose the same solution can work for all body types and the way a person holds the guitar is going to make a difference, but I'm sure glad this was mentioned by memitchell.

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Re: Footstool Slope Poll

Post by Vesuvio » Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:24 pm

Uphill for me—I have long achilles tendons,

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Re: Footstool Slope Poll

Post by Paul » Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:34 pm

Kris wrote:(ii) Downhill.

But I've never had one that allowed for flat....I think.
I remember seeing some footstools at my old teacher which didn't have a flat option. Perhaps the flat ones aren't that common after all. Mine's got both options. I've tried uphill and downhill, but I'm not so keen on them. I saw a pic of John Williams using an uphill one, but the slope was very gentle.

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Re: Footstool Slope Poll

Post by at_leo_87 » Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:12 pm

uphill for me. but i've never really tried any other option. i'll flip my foot stool around so i can feel what down hill is like. seems awkward though.

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Re: Footstool Slope Poll

Post by owl » Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:06 pm

Uphill :mrgreen:
I have tried downhill and flat but uphill works best for me

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Re: Footstool Slope Poll

Post by George Crocket » Sun Apr 12, 2009 7:23 am

I've always used uphill. Flat gives me height, but it's not very comfortable. I have never tried downhill, but I shall give it a go.
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Re: Footstool Slope Poll

Post by wianno » Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:05 pm

Downhill.


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Re: Footstool Slope Poll

Post by Kris » Sun Apr 12, 2009 1:05 pm

I just realized that the preference for one over another probably has a lot to do with how close or far away we keep the footstool. I would imagine that the closer to the body, the more comfortable a downward slope would be, and vice versa.

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Re: Footstool Slope Poll

Post by Steve Kutzer » Sun Apr 12, 2009 1:18 pm

I generally do not use a foot stool, going with a gitano instead. When I do it is slope up. At my teacher's, he has a stand with an integrated footstool, and it is flat. I can't say I like it much.

I should spend some time analyzing this and my position. We all have our unique body mechanics. For me, I am tall with long arms (I cannot wear a standard shirt, for example). Long arms are good for boxing, bad for weightlifting. I don't know what their impact is on CG!
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Re: Footstool Slope Poll

Post by rlatkin » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:48 pm

I'll have to go with flat, I suppose. I guess it's just what I got used to. :wink:

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Re: Footstool Slope Poll

Post by cn90 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:20 pm

Uphill, like an airplane taking off....:)

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Re: Footstool Slope Poll

Post by MichaelBrock » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:45 pm

I had been using my footstool up hill but after reading the aforementioned footstool slope thread I tried it down hill and find that I find it more comfortable that way. I actually think I would benefit from a steeper slope. I think too that there is something to thought that preference depends a bit on how far from your chair you place the stool. I have mine in pretty close.

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Re: Footstool Slope Poll

Post by flameproof » Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:53 pm

Horizontal. And flat. And on top of my other footstool, gathering dust in the garage, in a box full of music stands (where do they come from?) I'll try leaning it downhill, but I doubt it will make a lot of difference to my playing.

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