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A lot of guitarists ask me why
why I of all people being that I
am 6'3" to 6'4" in height
would prefer such a low chair.
I guess one would think that since I'm
tall, I must,
I must prefer a taller seat in the chair.
But one's height alone is not necessarily
the determining factor in how high or
low your chair should be for your own
personal maximum comfort.
I believe that we should really consider
the ratio between
the length of your torso versus the length
of your legs.
There's this relationship is a really
important factor to consider.
If you're long in the legs, if you have
longer legs but
not necessarily a, a long, a long torso.
You may find that the guitar sits on your
lap pretty high up on your chest with,
with a normal footstool, say, if you use a
If if that's at, kind of a medium setting.
Conversely, if you're long in the torso,
like me and relatively shorter legs,
you'll find that the guitar sits too low
with a, a medium footstool setting.
And so you want to adjust your guitar
support of choice whether it's
a footstool or an A-frame or a leg up or
all the many of the products that are out
there for guitar supports.
You wanna consider this but
you wanna consider the the torso to leg
ratio here.
I personally, I mean, of course I use a
foot stool and
I like, I prefer a low chair.
Anything from 17 to no more than 19 inches
high in the seat.
Otherwise, if I'm sitting in kind of like
one of those wanger chairs that
are up a little bit higher, the guitar is
really sort of way down here on me.
And that feels like it is compromising the
comfort of my left-hand.
In fact, it's making, it would make my
left-hand have to,
my left wrist have to come out in order to
compensate for it.
So I, and this is really just because my
torso is rather long.
So a lower chair sits me down lower and
with a medium setting on a footstool.
That combination of footstool with the
height of my knee,
then puts it at a more advantageous
position for me.
So you have to find what really works for
you there.
Whether, whether you use a footstool or
any of these other supports.
You can see how low the guitar looks on me
as I just demonstrated with
that average footstool setting.
And really, if you're using a footstool I,
I'm trying to demonstrate that a little
Because you don't really wanna be cranking
your footstool up to the highest setting,
if you can help it.
Because over time, that really puts a bit
of a strain on your left knee.
And it also can result in lower back some
lower back trouble for
some for some players.
You have to find what feels right for you.
But if you can keep the knee and your back
all these things in their mid-range of
Your left-hand wrist, your right wrist
that's kind of the idea.
You wanna find a guitar support setting
a chair height that really puts you in the
most advantageous position.
There's a lot of things that you're
looking for.
A lot of variables that you're looking to
And inevitably something is going to get
compromised a little bit.
But if you can kind of get in the middle
of all those things, then,
then then you,you can end up finding
something with, with a,
with some thought and, and, and a little
bit of time.
Put into it that really is, is best for
all of those variables.
But do consider the torso to leg ratio,
the length of your torso in comparison to
your legs.
Remember that the objective with all of
these variables considering them all
is to find the most comfortable seating
position and guitar position on your legs,
so that you're gonna be practicing for
many hours over many days.
And so the more comfortable you are, the
the more comfortable you can practice.
The more easy it is to work on relaxation
during your practice.
All the things that we're covering in the
curriculum will be easier if you
can really find a very comfortable seating
position and posture.
So the point of this lesson is really to
make the torso leg ratio one
of your variables in that process along
with, you know,
your wrist angle in the left-hand,
right-hand and the, the height of your
guitar support rather it be a footstool or
any other kind of guitar support.
Thank you.