Classical Guitar Supports
for a discussion of how guitar supports can help ease discomfort while playing guitar.
The ErgoPlayThe 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. Buy the ErgoPlay
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.
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
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 guitar supports out there. Check these sites out:
- guitarsalon discussion forum
- acousticguitar.com discussion forum
- delcamp.us discussion forum
Do you use a footstool or a leg guitar support? Tell us what your favorite sitting position is and how it is worked to reduce stress on your back from classical guitar playing.We'd love to hear.