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Old 02-21-2013, 12:28 AM   #1
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Weird guitar position?

Am I the only person on the planet who sits with his electric guitar classical-style, resting on the left thigh, with the neck coming up at an angle? Seems like everybody else puts it on the RIGHT thigh, with the neck basically horizontal. The axe is an Ibanez AS80, an ES335 copy, by the way.

I did play classical for a couple of years back when I started playing. And I don't play in a band or do gigs, so I never play standing up.

Just wondered if anybody else out there played this way, or if I'm the only person in the entire universal space-time continuum that does....
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:43 AM   #2
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With a V you pretty much have to play it classically.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:12 AM   #3
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I play it that way as well. Seems easier to play higher up on the fretboard.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:32 AM   #4
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That's how I'd probably sit, but at the moment I don't have a strap. It's definitely easier to reach the higher frets.
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:58 AM   #5
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Play the guitar in whatever position that feels right for you. The classical position works for many people, including me. Some people say it feels weird and stuff but we all have our preferences. I like to play my strat shaped electric guitars in classical position especially for solo stuff because I feel more comfortable and relaxed that way.

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Old 02-21-2013, 10:01 AM   #6
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You're not weird. I play my V that way. In fact, V-shaped guitars are the only ones I can actually play while sitting down. Most other shapes don't balance or stay put that way, and I can't play with a guitar parallel to the ground and on my right leg.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:25 AM   #7
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A V yea, but the guys got a 335 copy. Some people say you should practice like that because it helps you play standing up.

But if the neck is so high up, I feel you may struggle when standing up. Do you?
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:35 AM   #8
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I believe you're supposed to have the guitar in the same position when you're sitting down as you do standing up. The practice you do is supposed to transfer between positions better that way.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:49 AM   #9
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I've had my V for the longest, so that may influence it, but even with strat bodies and Les Pauls I play classical position. It's just more comfortable, and unless you're learning a bad technique like anchoring, comfort is key.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:09 PM   #10
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Lots of people play that way. For some people having the guitar up high is the only way to keep the fretting wrist straight enough to prevent repetitive stress injuries. If you look at live videos you’ll see plenty of guitarists who strap their guitar on like that.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:17 PM   #11
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Interesting replies - thanks. No, I don't struggle standing up... but then I never stand up, so...

But look at electric guitar players on YouTube... 100% of them are playing with the guitar on the right leg. So I just wondered.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:44 PM   #12
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Play standing up. Something you find moderately challenging and tell us the results. If the results are good, don't worry. If they are bad, play standing up more, if you can.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:34 PM   #13
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I play in classical position too [even with a footstand] with an Ibanez S420. I don't play classical either.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:49 PM   #14
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As far as i always knew that was how you're SUPPOSED to hold it while sitting! Personally I find it weird that people would place it over their right leg, as to me it's just really uncomfortable like that. The classical position is definitely more comfortable and IMO more beneficial to actually playing.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:33 AM   #15
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As far as i always knew that was how you're SUPPOSED to hold it while sitting! Personally I find it weird that people would place it over their right leg, as to me it's just really uncomfortable like that.


Yeah, that's what I thought, too. But look at these guys:

(at 1:05) (SRV)

(BB King, Clapton)

(Buddy Guy)

(Steve Vai)

(Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke)

(John McLaughlin, De Lucia, Di Meloa - and hey, they're playing classicals!!!)

(Carlos Santana)

(David Gilmour)

...and many, many more. I mean, jeez, I watched some of these and wondered if I should switch over to the right leg - like, maybe I'm going to form some bad habit that will take years to unlearn. For now I'm staying on the left, simply because that's what works for me, but still...
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:21 AM   #16
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I did play classical for a couple of years back when I started playing. And I don't play in a band or do gigs, so I never play standing up.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:27 AM   #17
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I mix it up, but typically, it's not in classical position. Also, keep in mind, a lot of the reason for the classical position is so your right hand (assuming you play righty) isn't in such an awkward position. When you play with the proper technique, your hand should be at a certain angle to the strings, and that gets uncomfortable when the guitar is not in classical position.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:11 AM   #18
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It's about preference. Nobody cares how you hold your guitar. It's the same as some people have their guitar ridiculously high when they play standing up. And some people have it ridiculously low. It's about preference, you do what feels good to you and there's no point in changing it. I like having my guitar on my right leg. But when I sweep pick, I have it in the classical position. Though I prefer playing standing up.
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