Ed Peczek is the founder of the Classical Guitar Academy; the leading provider of classical guitar lessons in Derby and the only dedicated classical guitar shop in Derby. Guitar size, chair, and footstool/support – Make sure you have the right size guitar for yourself. Tips for the Left Arm: Maintain good posture and sitting position by following the X- Y axis with the shoulders and the spine. To make it completely straight requires too much tension. The players I use may not be the same as others use. Thanks. Latest Arrivals: New Handmade Classical Guitars, Christmas Gift Ideas for Classical Guitarists. Try to use more of your peripheral vision to see your left hand. I would like to ad that it would be nice to have a profile view on both sides for a good classical guitar posture. I find when I have the bout right up against my body my right hand feels very relaxed but this tends to push the neck more forward and then the left hand has difficulty stretching across the frets. I thought I’d found the solution but it just eems to moving the tension /pain between alternate arms. When you’ve found the best position for you legs, you should be able to rest the guitar against your torso. When we increased the size of the instrument I don’t think it kept it’s ergonomic principles. In this video Morris talks about posture, sitting position, guitar supports, chairs, and more. If you place the arm anywhere but the highest point, it may require tension to keep it in place. Paco de Lucia uses his right thigh and crosses the leg as well. This is called ‘natural’ position. Thanks for posting this. Would that pain subside over time, or should I maybe turn my torso to the left a bit, so that my neck does not strain so much? To correct the slide, you would have to grip onto the guitars neck with your left hand or clamp it with your right arm. It’s a pleasure to receive your sound advice. This means you end up exerting extra effort (tension – see key principles) to keep yourself upright. In addition to teaching the guitar at the CGA, he also performs as a solo guitarist regularly around the UK and has teaching posts at Repton School and Denstone College. I am a sub 5 year player which means I am still thinking it through . People come in all shapes and sizes, so a ‘one size fits all’ solution does not exist. There should also be plenty of space underneath the hand. A hard chair or one with a lightly padded cushion works best. Good classical guitar posture promotes free and unrestricted movements. 45 degrees. It should definitely not be behind the shoulder, the hand can’t really reach back that far…. Remember, this is a reference for guitar and not necessarily how you will hold the guitar. Overall I simple have more success this way. By sitting on the edge of your chair your guitar will have enough room to rest between your legs. The guitar should be upright enough that it almost floats next to the chest, but it is a light contact point. This causes the guitarist to stretch in order to reach the lowest frets (near the head), restricting movement. These complex and challenging movements require the left arm and hand to be as free from tension as possible. Sitting properly and with good posture is one of the most important things you can do to help your overall playing technique. My biggest piece of advice is to watch the pro videos I post every week so you get “a feel” for how the instrument is generally held. That is not always true, as you stated. As you progress onto more difficult music, the job of the left hand becomes more complex. Classical with a strap posture (or CWAS for short) simply means you sit like a classical guitarist but you also use a strap to secure the guitar in this optimal position. Whether you sit in the “classical” position (guitar on the left leg), or another position with the guitar on the right leg. Investing in a proper guitar stool or chair can make all the difference to achieving a good playing position and posture. One must understand why and what we do with our bodies and then know the reason for doing one thing or another. Beginners should start with the top (face of the guitar) straight up and down, that is, not angled. Put it like this i,f I made a machine to fly but did not make any wings could I seriously call it a flying machine ? This comes via my YouTube (HD Link). That said, I often find that students twist their spine when the guitar is located on the right. Copyright © 2020 Bradford Werner, thisisclassicalguitar.com & wernerguitareditions.com. I would like to hear a physiotherapist talk about sitting on the front edge of a chair as in the photos. Whenever you change an aspect of your posture, be sure to bear in mind the two key principles; range of movement and tension. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Please note, the following directions are for a right handed guitarist. The best way to set up your left arm posture is to imagine it is a piece of string. One of the big advantages is that the lower bout of the guitar can rest on your right leg which helps to keep it stable. The right hand must be able to play from the bridge (ponticello) right through to the edge of the soundhole near the neck (tasto). I would add that when using a footstool, ensure that the footstool is positioned far enough outside of the hip that the leg falls inward toward the center of gravity. What’s wrong with a strap? Raising your foot on a stool for prolonged periods of time can result in back ache. Learn how your comment data is processed. In general, let the arm rest fully on the guitar with gravity. Therefore, I recommend that a very vertical guitar angle be used to incorporate the left leg. At times the guitar might even lift away from the chest momentarily before returning. I refrain from saying ‘keep your back straight’ because this sometimes makes people tense their backs to be as straight as possible.