Classical Guitar Supports
See the page on classical guitar sitting positionsfor a discussion of how guitar supports can help ease discomfort while playing guitar.
Classical Guitar Supports - The A-Frame
The A-frame is designed to adjust the angle of the guitar neck to aid in perfect positioning for playing. Highly recommended by Aaron Shearer. The A-Frame adjustable guitar support is simple to use, yet offers a greater variety of positioning than has ever been available for the guitarist.
The ability to make adjustments to 3 separate aspects of positioning, and then lock them into your optimum playing position is a unique feature of the A-Frame. Basically there are three adjustments: Left or right adjustments, angle adjustment, and height adjustment. ***Note: The finish on a small number of guitars may react with the suction cups on the a-Frame, and leave a mark on the finish that will not wipe off. The vast majority of finishes have no adverse reaction to the suction cups.
During the first few weeks of use, you inspect the finish regularly and contact Sageworks if you notice a problem. A refund would be available through the supplier for anyone who has this problem. A year warranty is provided.
C. Finnigan (Klamath Falls, Oregon USA)
My Guitar A-Frame Support is exactly what I needed for my Guitar! I can literally play sitting anywhere. I was and am amazed and delighted on how the A-Frame works and believe it is a necessity if you own a guitar.
Seashells (Fort Walton Beach, FL)
The A-Frame adjustable guitar support is simple to use, yet offers a greater variety of positioning than has ever been available for the guitarist.The ability to make adjustments to 3 separate aspects of positioning, and then lock them into your optimum playing position is a unique feature of the A-Frame. Basically there are three adjustments: Left or right adjustments, angle adjustment, and height adjustment. ***Note: The finish on a small number of guitars may react with the suction cups on the A-Frame, and leave a mark on the finish that will not wipe off. The vast majority of finishes have no adverse reaction to the suction cups. During the first few weeks of use, you should inspect the finish regularly and contact Sageworks if you notice a problem.
Classical Guitar Supports - The Dynarette
The Dynarette comes in two different sizes: small and large. The Dynarette is designed to replace the traditional footstool, allowing guitarists to sit more comfortably, and in proper balance while playing.
The Dynarette helps players maintaining a good posture while seated, reducing muscle stress and fatigue, therefore allowing more freedom of
movement and enabling the musician to spend less energy holding the guitar, and more energy playing the guitar.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tool for the classical guitarist
, March 15, 2010.
By Joshua Garrett (Berwyn, IL)
I've been playing guitar for over twenty years, but have only been playing classical seriously since last fall. The traditional recommended posture actually strained my back somewhat, so I started researching different guitar supports. After getting the Dynarette, I knew this was the best decision for my body, and also for my playing. After spending some time with it, I settled on a particular placement that facilitates more comfortable and focused playing. It allows me to have a more physical connection with my instrument, where I can hold more of the back of the guitar against my torso.
I use the large Dynarette every time I play classical guitar, and I have found it to be a very ergonomic tool that takes pressure off your body and improves connectivity with your instrument. I recommend it highly
By The Iguana (LA, CA)
Love it! I used to use a guitar foot rest but that resulted in back pain after just 15 to 30 minutes of practice. I bought this cushion and put aside the foot rest. With the cushion, I can sit straight, keep both feet on the floor, keep my spine straight and still have my guitar in excellent position for flamenco and finger style playing. I bought the large size. It raises my guitar 5.5 inches. There is also a small size that will raise your instrument 3.5 inches. This is one guitar accessory that is well worth the cost.
Classical Guitar Supports - The ErgoPlay
The Ergoplay rest is designed to improve playing technique and optimize acoustics, by allowing you to maintain the correct posture whilst playing. It is proven to be the safer alternative to a foot rest, by relieving stress on your spine and allowing you to breath more easily. Ergoplay allows the player to maintain the correct posture for playing. The best way to achieve a straight spine and a healthy pelvic posture is to keep both feet on the floor.
You will be able to breath more easily and practising and performing will be more fun. Holding the guitar correctly makes it easier to play with a correct technique. Play without getting tired and concentrate longer. The concert guitarist benefits from Ergoplay since, with an upright posture they can practise or play concerts longer. A healthy ergonomic seated posture promotes concentration and, crucially, gives a better impression on stage. Ergoplay allows the guitar to be held in such a way as to allow the base to vibrate freely giving you noticeably more volume.
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Classical Guitar Supports - The Efel
A guitar support that lifts the guitar approximately 30 degrees (depending on where along the rib it is attached). The EFEL AVANCED attaches to the base of the instrument with 1 large suction cup. It is made of a flexible plastic which contours to your leg. The ADVANCED model includes 1 extension part which centers the guitar more evenly than other guitar supports. (You can purchase additional extenstion parts to provide more angle options if desired.). An optional belt is provided which attaches to the bottom of the guitar. A strap peg is not necessary, the EFEL ADVANCED comes with a small pastic button that attaches with permanent adhesive. The belt is designed to apply reverse pressure to the support creating a balanced surface for the suction cups. Can be purchased directly from the Efel shop in Czechoslavakia or available at http://www.efelmusic.com/iShop/ or from www.strings bymail.com
provides an excellent review of classical guitar supports.
There are a few great discussions held in various discussion forums where people share interesting and useful (and very honest) experience and comments about the different types of classical guitar supports out there. Check these sites out: