Practice Chair / Stool

For guitars of the straight waisted variety (or reverse offset).
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Practice Chair / Stool

Post by gusgorman » Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:55 am

My posture is often quite bad when I'm practicing. I either sit on the sofa, the floor or a chair that doesn't have a suitable place for me to rest my foot. Sometimes my back aches a bit after practicing alot. Have any of you bothered investing in a practice stool, or a footrest?

A store 15 mins walk from me sells the Fender bar stools. It seems like quite alot of money to spend, but I'm starting to think it might be worth it.

Any opinions?

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Re: Practice Chair / Stool

Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:17 am

Check this thread out.

Loads of great suggestions! :)
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Re: Practice Chair / Stool

Post by Invader Zim » Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:20 am

Posture and body mechanics. Address them now so you don't end up with long term, self induced aches and pains.

Dhana Solish designed this chair is the late 80's to specifically coax a classical guitar player's body into a proper playing posture.

Find a chair or stool that is at the correct seat height. Combining that with a footstool will make a huge difference in reducing fatigue.


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Re: Practice Chair / Stool

Post by thenewromance » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:12 am

I know you're asking for a chair, but have you considered practicing standing up? I find it makes a noticeable difference for my playing, e.g. with regards to instrument balance or fretting hand position, and standing is what you usually do when playing live, so that all translates better. I also find I automatically have a (somewhat...) better posture when standing.

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Re: Practice Chair / Stool

Post by gusgorman » Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:21 pm

thenewromance wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:12 am
I know you're asking for a chair, but have you considered practicing standing up? I find it makes a noticeable difference for my playing, e.g. with regards to instrument balance or fretting hand position, and standing is what you usually do when playing live, so that all translates better. I also find I automatically have a (somewhat...) better posture when standing.
Good point. I have to admit the few times I've played standing up it felt a bit weird, so I probably need to start doing it!

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Re: Practice Chair / Stool

Post by gusgorman » Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:21 pm

PorkyPrimeCut wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:17 am
Check this thread out.

Loads of great suggestions! :)
Than ks! Not had time to read it today, but will do tomorrow,.

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Re: Practice Chair / Stool

Post by gusgorman » Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:23 pm

Invader Zim wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:20 am
Posture and body mechanics. Address them now so you don't end up with long term, self induced aches and pains.

Dhana Solish designed this chair is the late 80's to specifically coax a classical guitar player's body into a proper playing posture.

Find a chair or stool that is at the correct seat height. Combining that with a footstool will make a huge difference in reducing fatigue.


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In the late 1980s or the late 1880s? :) That photo looks really old! But you are right of course... I need to do something!

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Re: Practice Chair / Stool

Post by somanytoys » Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:49 pm

I normally play standing up, but I have invested in a few stools, mostly for playing, but they are also nice bar stools. Dual use helped me to justify spending more on them. They’re very nice, but they don’t have much back support, and that’s something that makes a huge difference, especially for long periods.

When I play outside, all of the chairs have arms, which sucks for playing. I tried using a semi-crappy drum throne I have, but it’s too rickety.

So I recently decided to buy a new drum throne since the one I have kinda sucks, and use it for playing guitar, and as a drum throne when I do that again. I paid a LOT of money for it (I think), but it’s really nice, velvety and has a backrest and a spit seat. It’s an Ahead Spinal G Saddle, and its over $200, but it’s awesome. Very comfortable. Should be nice to use with my drums, when I get around to setting them up again.

I think a stool would be a good investment, but back support is also important, so consider something with a backrest. Also consider getting a foot rest specifically for guitar. I bought a Córdoba footrest for playing my classical, and i’ve found that it can make a big difference, more the longer you play.
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Re: Practice Chair / Stool

Post by Futuron » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:26 pm

Some good playing positions if you have bad posture habits:
  • Standing up
  • Comfortable dining chair
  • Half-decent computer chair with good back support
Do not use a backless stool. Do not use a lounge chair or couch. Do not waste money buying some fandangly invention if you already have the above.
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Re: Practice Chair / Stool

Post by gusgorman » Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:31 am

Thanks for the replies! All taken onboard.

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