#1
I always practice sitting down, I don't know why but I just do, it's just logical. And so the other day I decided to throw my guitar strap over my shoulder and stand up while practicing some, and I realised that a lot of the stuff that I can do perfectly sitting down... I can't do that well standing up. When you stand up it changes the position of your body completely and I find this kinda worrying. I didn't think it would make much of a difference but for me it makes a huge one.

Does anybody else have this issue?
#2
Everyone does

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#3
yes that is what happens when you dont practice standing up... start doing it more often...

and at first strap your guitar really high... and as you get comfortable gradualy get it down... or if you're into Morello leave it up there.
#4
Yup, cant say much more than that. The only tip here is practice more standing up mate.
#5
Shorten you strap so your guitar is higher. Simple.
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Just practice standing up. I can do a lot more sitting down because I have my strap so low. I can still play plenty good enough standing up, but if I want to record or anything, I sit down.
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#7
I haven't sat down to play guitar for a while, now. I like to dance around with my guitar. It helps me use more emotion. After a while, you'll get used to it.

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#8
first move your strap till your hand is resting as comfortably as it does while sitting, having your strap low helps you none
and ya its just all about practice standing up
i now almost always practice standing up
#9
learn a song sitting down, then when you are more comfortable wi it then stand up. but do spend most of your time standing up, since you will be playing gigs stading up it makes more sense
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#10
i stand un with my guitar high. not that hih. Almost Malmsteen height. It makes me play good, but playing solos with the guitar at Slash height is very hard for me.
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#11
Don't play standing up...you'll develop all sorts of horrible habits. The guitar position is the first thing addressed in almost any lesson on proper technique. Ideally, for consistency, stamina, fluency, even response, and maximum range your fret hand wrist should be in FRONT of the fretboard, naturally occurring in the seated classical position. If you must stand, keep the guitar strapped high on your chest, so you'll be able to maintain proper wrist angle. Be a player first, not a "dancer", "performer" or "rock star". Other things to consider...elbow angle, guitar weight distribution (neck-heavy?), neck and back problems. I read somewhere about 75-80 percent of long-time guitar players have back problems. Even using proper technique can be troublesome. I have recently pulled a groin muscle that makes it difficult for me to spread my legs far enough to position the guitar on my left leg. Maybe using that seated position for so long tore the muscle! I KNOW I've thrown my back out just picking up a guitar. The body does tend to torque towards the fretting hand. In short there are no guaranties but playing with proper technique will increase your chances of an injury free, and consistent career.
#12
Don't listen to him. theres nothing wrong with wearing it a bit lower than he is telling you to. you will not tear any muscles holding a guitar trust me.
#13
I rarely play/practice sitting down anymore.
I have to be moving around in order to feel comfortable.
Plus, I'm not going to be someone who sits in a chair and plays guitar; I'm going to be a perfomer, therefore, I do everything standing.
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#15
Just practice standing up. Start with the guitar high enough so it feels the same as if you're sitting down. Then lower it some if you feel comfortable with it. It's really not that hard once you practice it a little.
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I always practice sitting down, I don't know why but I just do, it's just logical. And so the other day I decided to throw my guitar strap over my shoulder and stand up while practicing some, and I realised that a lot of the stuff that I can do perfectly sitting down... I can't do that well standing up. When you stand up it changes the position of your body completely and I find this kinda worrying. I didn't think it would make much of a difference but for me it makes a huge one.

Does anybody else have this issue?


That happens when you have your guitar hanging down to your knees.

The way I was taught by my high school jazz teacher is play with a strap when you're sitting down as well. Have your strap set so that when you stand up, the guitar is in the same position as when you were sitting down.
#17
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Shorten you strap so your guitar is higher. Simple.


+1,
You have to find a postion where you can move you hand around the neck of the guitar perfectly, No bending your wrist irregularly to hit that F barre chord!
#18
i tend to move alot when im playing not like thrashing lol... but in a soul like manner...
i stand up because using a wah sitting is annoying lol...

sitting down makes me feel like a fat man...
#23
i know its already been said but yea every1 has that problem im tryin to work on it myself