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Mandolin Lessons: Sitting Vs. Standing

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[MUSIC]
Hi there,
I'd like to talk a little bit about
sitting versus standing.
And how the mandolin changes and how to
keep it from changing too much
as you go from sitting position to a
standing, on stage for instance.
Once again, I'll repeat that I do use a
footstool whenever I'm sitting.
I get the left leg up, so that the
mandolin is really at an angle.
And I've noticed at workshops that a lot
of people need to loosen the length in
their strap a little bit in order to get
the mandolin to really sit between their
legs like this.
But the main thing I like to make sure of.
[MUSIC]
Is that when I go to a standing position,
things aren't changing that much, in terms
of the mandolin like,
because if, if the strap are really long,
it might come down further.
So you want that thing, the mandolin to
sit,
the relationship that it sits on your
chest is about the same when you're in
the seating position as when you come up
to the standing position.
[MUSIC]
And the other thing I use is
the tone guard to keep the mandolin from,
from pressing on my belly.
the back of the mandolin off the, off of
my belly.
You'll notice a huge difference in sounds
if a, if the mandolin is off the back.
Versus, resting on the back, you're losing
like 30% of your sound.
So that's a pretty, pretty important
thing.
And I've in the old days when I was
younger I,
I played this mandolin much lower.
But a, as the years have gone by and I've
really thought about it, I,
I realized that by lowering the mandolin
is changing the angle of my,
of my wrist to how it bends on the left
hand, and
how my arm sits on, on the right side too,
changes all these angles.
So it's a little bit odd.
So I've come to raise,
raising the mandolin up, making the strap
a little bit shorter, so
that it's it's, it's about the same in the
sitting as it is in the standing.
Any mandolin player I know records sitting
down.
And certainly, that's where you're going
to have the most accuracy because
the instrument is really solidified
between your legs and on your chest.
As soon as I stand up, I feel like I, you
know, not in as much control.
So good luck with that.
[MUSIC]