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Old 3rd March 2014
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bar stool for playing guitar sitting

...Has anybody here adopted this solution? It seems promising to me.
Old 3rd March 2014
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...Has anybody here adopted this solution? It seems promising to me.
Most people stood up when I was playing coffee houses and open mics solo, but a solid, tip free bar stool is fine too. Better than a lower chair.
Old 3rd March 2014
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...Has anybody here adopted this solution? It seems promising to me.
Why do you ask? Plenty of people use bar stools
Fender® Electro Lounge 30" Barstool | Barstools & Pub Tables | Fender® Store
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Old 3rd March 2014
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I just found it easier to control vocals standing as well as being able to move
closer and farther away from the mics as needed.

Friends I respect said it had a more professional appearance to stand and deliver.
Old 3rd March 2014
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I don't sing, I just find it difficult to keep the guitar tilted right way sitting. a foot rest looks ridiculous if you aren't playing a Spanish. But bar stools have that circular metal reinforcemente that may suit a guitarist's needs in some cases.
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Thanks a lot, in fact I was looking for bar stools with the EXTERNAL metal reinforcement, so you can comfortably put your left heel on that.
Old 3rd March 2014
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Maybe it's because I'm in studios so much, maybe it's because I put the guitar on the "wrong" leg, but bar stools are too tall for me. They're handy for keeping a beverage on, though.
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Maybe it's because I'm in studios so much, maybe it's because I put the guitar on the "wrong" leg, but bar stools are too tall for me. They're handy for keeping a beverage on, though.
There is NO wrong leg, but I've played in the academic position for years. I still prefer it. The neck is exactly where it's supposed to be. I can play a large-bodied acoustic putting it between the legs and thus the neck is not horizontal anymore. Most stools are too tall for me too, their "footrest" is too distant to bend the knee enough.

That's why I asked here for guitarist-friendly stools. YMMV
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There is NO wrong leg, but I've played in the academic position for years. I still prefer it. The neck is exactly where it's supposed to be. I can play a large-bodied acoustic putting it between the legs and thus the neck is not horizontal anymore. Most stools are too tall for me too, their "footrest" is too distant to bend the knee enough.

That's why I asked here for guitarist-friendly stools. YMMV
No need to yell. No need to defend your choice of leg.

I like both feet flat on the floor.
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No need to yell. No need to defend your choice of leg.

I like both feet flat on the floor.
I wasn't yelling, nor defending my choice, I was defending yours
Old 3rd March 2014
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I wasn't yelling, nor defending my choice, I was defending yours
Then... thank you!
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^ This

Highly recommended for the playing room/studio
For me, it doubles as a footrest when relaxing on the Aeron, listening to music or watching the Sprint Cup/Cricket/Snooker
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I used a cushioned bar stool like the ones shown in my studio for a long time.....

......until I got tired of editing out those dad gum cushion squeaks from my soft acoustic guitar tracks.

For live use...definitely. In the studio....a straight back wood chair.
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I used a cushioned bar stool like the ones shown in my studio for a long time.....

......until I got tired of editing out those dad gum cushion squeaks from my soft acoustic guitar tracks.

For live use...definitely. In the studio....a straight back wood chair.
You made my day old friend! heh
Old 4th March 2014
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before buying a novelty stool with your favorite brand logo, consider getting the real deal, no creaking, super comfortable and gearslut worthy (3 heights available)

Tower Seats | Roc N Soc



Your first acoustic session's time savings due to no recorded creaks and squeaks will pay for the difference in cost between this and a regular stool.

I have no affiliation with Rocn`Soc but we have 4 thrones at the studio and I love 'em.

Andy
Old 4th March 2014
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Friends I respect said it had a more professional appearance to stand and deliver.
don't tell Robert Fripp that.
Old 4th March 2014
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No farts or creaks emanating from my novelty stool ( maybe from a farty. creaky old sitter ). These guys are all from OEM's.
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^ This

Highly recommended for the playing room/studio
For me, it doubles as a footrest when relaxing on the Aeron, listening to music or watching the Sprint Cup/Cricket/Snooker
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before buying a novelty stool with your favorite brand logo, consider getting the real deal, no creaking, super comfortable and gearslut worthy (3 heights available)

Tower Seats | Roc N Soc



Your first acoustic session's time savings due to no recorded creaks and squeaks will pay for the difference in cost between this and a regular stool.

I have no affiliation with Rocn`Soc but we have 4 thrones at the studio and I love 'em.

Andy
Thanks for the suggestions

Anyway, I didn't explain myself thoroughly.

I am looking for a bar-stool-alike stool with that round footrest high and bulging enough so that to put one heel on that I'll have to bend my knee enough to make it double as a classical guitar footstool. (one foot is higher than the other, the knee is bent, the guitar's body rests on both legs, thus the guitar is sloped with respect to the ground without needing to be standing nor to physically lift the neck)

The construction of the "fav brand" stools looks much more promising than my average bar stool. The fact that guitarist studio stools even exist is great news to me. But is there anything built with the "footstool" thing in the mind of the designer? Can they be used that way?

Thanks a lot
Old 4th March 2014
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...Has anybody here adopted this solution? It seems promising to me.
Oh yeah. Old as the hills. When you need to prop your guitar on your knee but stay at the same relative height as others, its the thing to do.

The natural follow-up question is, why not just stand? If the answer is because you can play better seated, that just means you need more practice playing while standing. Practice the way you gig.
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Oh yeah. Old as the hills. When you need to prop your guitar on your knee but stay at the same relative height as others, its the thing to do.

The natural follow-up question is, why not just stand? If the answer is because you can play better seated, that just means you need more practice playing while standing. Practice the way you gig.
I actually play much better standing, cause I can slant the guitar as much as I want. What I don't find comfortable at all is having the neck parallel to the ground when sitting. So I want to put the left foot somewhere higher. Practising everyday standing is unfeasible
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don't tell Robert Fripp that.
It worked for my situation.
I was working both voice and guitar mics and preferred standing.
Old 4th March 2014
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Gotta stand to move, gotta move to groove. Well, except the drummer, of course...
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don't tell Robert Fripp that.
Fripp is a magnificent musician, but he's not exactly known for being one go the more entertaining artists of our time. Not to be judgemental, but if you can't be bothered to stand for a gig, perhaps there's a better man for the job.
Old 4th March 2014
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I have a bar stool in the corner of my room just for guitar. I can't be bothered with an office chair with no armrest so I switch them around come noodle time.
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Just keep in mind these guidelines are mostly guitar centric and that priorities change when you are singing the lead vocal too.
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Thanks. So you are implying I should go back to school I guess? I don't get this.
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Thanks. So you are implying I should go back to school I guess? I don't get this.
Nope, get out there and get as much live experience as you can.
Test your own audience, see how your set goes over and adjust accordingly.

If I'm up on a stage I don't want to be background music.

I have over 900+ professional live performances under my belt and always stood up, playing bass and then when I switched over to playing acoustic.

I had to get over my fear of taking on lead vocals while playing and keep it all together to prove to myself that it was possible.

I also wasn't playing covers when I was up there solo, it was all originals.

If I were doing background music at a local vineyard or garden party,
I'd probably sit down at least part of the time, but in a noisy club, stand and deliver.
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I've already said playing standing up is not a problem, especially live.

Practising several hours a day standing is. Practising sitting with the neck "somewhere else" is a problem too, unless I were doing beach party strumming...
Even the link, for what it counts, says that virtuosos need to keep the guitar in the certain way, classical or metal shredders. I'm no virtuoso, but those positions are scientifically sought-after and a thousand times more practical, that's physical.

I don't see any of them charismatic yazooh twistin their wrist with the guitar below their knees coming out with anything above average, and I'm convinced SRV would have serious back issues were he still among us.
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A Friend & his band were playing a local small club.

The club owner asked them to turn down even though they were already at
a very low rehearsal volume.

His reasoning, the patrons said they couldn't hear themselves talking over you.

If the patrons are sitting on their arses ignoring your performance enough to talk through it, what does that say about the performance?

If the patrons are dancing their arses off and drinking like fish, the club owner won't mess with you.
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