Rawshik
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Join date: Oct 2010
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#1
This is sort of just something I noticed and wanted to bring up. When people play bass sitting down, some people have the bass resting on their right leg and others have it in-between their legs resting diagonally on their left. What's up with that? I don't know if either way has any benefit or anything, maybe you guys know?

Examples:

Right leg:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HcmqDr6vxY

Left:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3hyJGosX8c

It seems the left leg thing give you a more vertical position. Is this beneficial in any way?
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MaggaraMarine
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#2
It's all about preference. Having it in between the legs is called "classical position" because classical guitarists use it. I prefer having my guitar on my right leg.

Just try both and decide which one you prefer.
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Zaqq
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#3
I'm so used to putting bass/guitar on my right leg, that I've never tried putting them in between.
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#4
depends what i'm playing. on the my left leg seems to favour tracks that are more complex on my fretting hand. feels more like when you stand as well
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Sudaka
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#5
I play guitar (or used to) in classical position, but with the bass i find it quite uncomfortable to play lower notes, so i don't. Still, it is true that classical position gives you a more standing-like position when sitting... Try it, maybe it's better for you!
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anarkee
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#6
Shortscale = classical position (I played classical guitar for a few years)
Longscale = On the right leg.

For me, it has to do with the length of the neck relative to my arm length.
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#7
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#8
Quote by anarkee
Shortscale = classical position (I played classical guitar for a few years)
Longscale = On the right leg.

For me, it has to do with the length of the neck relative to my arm length.


this

but i prefer classical positioning because i like my instrument's sitting position to be as close as possible to my standing position (both in height and in angle) for the sake of continuity
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glass_satellite
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#9
I usually go back and forth while i'm playing, sometimes classical position is easier to play certain things and vice versa.

I'm getting in the habit of always playing with my strap on, which i used to do rarely.

I watched a video with Billy Sheehan and he talked about how the bass should be in the same position when you're sitting down as when you're standing up, and that made a lot of sense to me. It wasn't exactly a huge revelation, but it was a helpful bit of advice nonetheless.

For the record, I don't really care for Sheehan and his style - I can't identify with it at all - but he is undoubtedly an extraordinarily talented individual who does have some useful things to say about bass playing.
Sudaka
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#10
Quote by glass_satellite
For the record, I don't really care for Sheehan and his style - I can't identify with it at all - but he is undoubtedly an extraordinarily talented individual who does have some useful things to say about bass playing.

I agree with all that, particularly with the part I "bolded"
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#11
Quote by glass_satellite

I'm getting in the habit of always playing with my strap on, which i used to do rarely.

Isolate this and you have the best quote in the world.
jonathan.keeler
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#12
Classical position is more comfortable for your left hand because you can have it at an angle, but please dont take this to the extreme.

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