#1
I can play pretty good sitting down but when I stand up, I can't get anything right. How would I go about fixing this other than practice (Seeing as I already knew that). Any pointers of what I should do and not do? Thanks.
#2
Your guitar is either way too high or low, either that or you have your fingering wrong.
#3
Simply, there are no super cureall shortcuts. Practice.
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#4
you already said it, the only way to get better is to practice. try playing while standing up all the time, since that's what you'll be doing if you ever decide to play a gig or something. might as well get used to it amirite?
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#5
play it the same height that you play when sitting.

so probably raise the strap, and lower it a little at a time over the next few weeks.
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Quote by jj1565
play it the same height that you play when sitting.

so probably raise the strap, and lower it a little at a time over the next few weeks.


or be liek Tom and don't lower it!
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#10
As stated, you basically just need to practice and get used to it. I used to be able to play nothing standing, now I can play basically as well as I can sitting, it's just not as stable.
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#11
Practice. That's all there is to it. Your wrist'll loosen up and you'll get more comfortable until it's just like sitting.
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Simply, there are no super cureall shortcuts. Practice.


+100000

Just practice dude, and you'll eventually get the hang of it
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#13
Raise your guitar up. As somebody said here a few days ago, good technique is better than looking like green day.
#14
You know, the only way I've gotten better at that was by practice. Also, position your guitar so it is about where it is on your chest when you are sitting down, watch some Jason Becker videos.
#15
Quote by jj1565
play it the same height that you play when sitting.

so probably raise the strap, and lower it a little at a time over the next few weeks.

Does lowering the strap actually have any benefits? I don't see why it should be lowered at all if the guitar is easiest to play higher up.

Also I'm tired of seeing Tom Morello pictures in threads like these. Needs more George Harrison who also has his guitar higher up:

#16
practice standing up and then when you get the hang of that try playing AND standing up
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practice standing up and then when you get the hang of that try playing AND standing up

#18
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Does lowering the strap actually have any benefits? I don't see why it should be lowered at all if the guitar is easiest to play higher up.

Also I'm tired of seeing Tom Morello pictures in threads like these. Needs more George Harrison who also has his guitar higher up:


Yeah but... Tom Morello actually has chops...

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#19
You just need to practice, I couldn't play at all standing up for a while, but it just develops with time. My problem was that I found it uncomfortable to play high frets, so if that is your problem, just raise your leg slightly to turn the guitar on a bit of an angle then it is a little easier. You should try raising your strap too, like evryone else said.
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#20
I hated standing and playing, everything felt akward even after raising the strap, but eventually it just clicked, it didn't take that long for me either, to start off with I just played the easier songs I knew.
#21
Normally everyone starts playin up high then after time it goes by they lower the strap. As for me I tried it but I kinda got pissed at how slow this progress was so I just went low and started playing (now alot better than a few weeks ago playing standing)
#22
Quote by Jecc
Does lowering the strap actually have any benefits? I don't see why it should be lowered at all if the guitar is easiest to play higher up.



yes, i play my acoustics high like dave matthews.



i was saying he could eventually lower it, because i assumed he was wanting to play it lower.
and that's why he was having the problem to begin with.

also by lower i didnt mean at the knees. imo, that's just so wrong.
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#23
Ahh. You guys gave me plenty to read. Thanks, and I never thought of the slowly lowering it. I don't really like playing it with the strap high standing up, it feels a bit awkward. But it doesn't sitting down. I guess I'll just have to take it slow. And I even f*** up on the lower frets, lol. Thanks again.
#25
just stand up and play. you'll get use to it.
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Yeah but... Tom Morello actually has chops...

George Harrison has so many chops, he's practically giving them away.
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I also raise you one John Petrucci:



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I raise you an Oli Herbert.



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#28
When I first saw the Beatles play, I and my friend/band members thought it looked really odd the way they played with the guitars up so high, but that sure did not distract from the way they sounded.

I played rhythm and some lead in a surf rock band at that time and that forced me to play standing up. Rhythm was a lot easier to play standing up at first and gradually played more lead as I got better.

As has been posted, just practice, practice, practice.
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George Harrison has so many chops, he's practically giving them away.

muttin' chops don't count.
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#30
Play in pitch black sitting down. This will help you get less dependent on your eyes for playing and you could develop a better ear and a better feel for the guitar. Then you should be fine standing up. And if seeing the fretboard wasn't the issue. Start with your guitar strapped up high like beatles style and then gradually move it down once you get the hang of it.
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#31
Quote by Junnage
Simply, there are no super cureall shortcuts. Practice.

This.

Also, maybe you're wearing your guitar too low. Don't be afraid to bring it up a little bit. Don't worry, you won't look nerdy if you can play good.
#32
Just play how ever you find comfortable, good idea playing in the dark though, i've done this, it really does just makes you more comfortable with your axe.
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#33
You just have to mess around with the strap length and the neck angle till you get it right...