Buying a chair for playing : your vote !

Ergonomics and Posture for Classical Guitarists, Aches and Pains, Injuries, etc...
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Re: Buying a chair for playing : your vote !

Postby hilm3g » Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:46 am

I prefer my sofa. It is just the right height, just firm/soft enough, and I can play comfortably without a foot stool. On a chair of any kind, I have to use a foot stool. On the edge of my bed, foot stool.

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Postby spanishguitarmusic » Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:50 am

Thanks for a very good post! I have always wondering what the best chair for playing classical guitar in would be! I am usually really uncomfortable playing in the chair I am playing in now. I wish there could be something much better out there! Very nice pictures too. Thanks for posting! :merci:

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Postby lagartija » Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:14 am

How tall are you?
Being a short lizard, the normal height of a standard chair is too high and I have to use no-skid material on my legs or the guitar will slowly slide down my leg. I went to a music store and found a bench that folds, is adjustable in height and cost about 60$. I think cello players use it.
It does not weigh as much as the original guitar chair.
If you google, folding bench for cello player, the pictures will come up for it.
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Postby Number 6 » Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:53 am

I use a piano bench. It is adjustable and has a leather top so it is very comfortable.

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Postby SeanWinkler » Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:59 am

oski79 wrote:I have used a drummer's throne for years and swear by it.


+1
Adjustable height (and backrest for many models), very well padded. Drummers are expected to sit for hours, and a good throne is designed to support that usage.
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Re: Buying a chair for playing : your vote !

Postby bear » Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:34 pm

My setup:
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It's not pretty but it works for me.
The chair is a high straight back wooden dining room type with no arms. There is a body pillow that supports my upper back and allows me to sit forward. A lumbar support is for my lower back and I have a wheelchair type gel cushion on the seat. The contraption is the result of many injuries.
As they say," if I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself".

Despite the look it is very comfortable.
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Postby zupfgeiger » Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:07 pm

I would take the first one as it is padded. I feel pain after a while playing on an un-padded chair.
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Postby kloeten » Mon Jul 04, 2016 6:55 pm

If you like Eames design - I often use their "LTR occasional table" (small coffee table) as a chair for playing the guitar.
It is very low and that way I do not need a footstool. Not a good idea though if you play more than 1 hour a day.
Piano or drummer stool will be perfect.

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Re: Buying a chair for playing : your vote !

Postby vesa » Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:31 am

Buy a good quality adjustable(in height) chair made only for the purpose(for musicians)
from music shop and you´ll never need another one.
I´ve had mine 25 years and I even take it with me to the gigs if possible.
Ergonomics is very important when playing and a good chair is a necessary long term investment to avoid problems with the back etc..
Personally I find chairs build for orchestra musicians best suitable for guitarists,
not drummer stools or piano benches.
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Re: Buying a chair for playing : your vote !

Postby simonm » Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:58 am

My guitar teacher recommends height adjustable office chairs. Get a good one. Height is one of the most important criteria. The seat should not be sloped so strongly backwards either. All the chairs you show look uncomfortable and impractical for anyone who is not exactly "average" height from whatever tables designers use.

Chairs, like socks, generally fall into the category of "one size fits nobody". That is one of the reasons why people tend to rock chairs up onto too legs - they are too uncomfortable otherwise. Good office chairs unlike (esp. "designer") house chairs have to be suitable for continuous use and if not, there is a risk of health ad safety issues for the employer.

What would fit in you decor scheme is simply a suitable height wooden box with a cushion on top. You could test for a good sitting height (40-48cm?), then find or make a box of exactly that height. Stable and comfortable. You cold even store some music in it.

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Re: Buying a chair for playing : your vote !

Postby es335 » Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:28 am

Maybe the MiShu chair is something for you. Not quite cheap but adjustable, ergonomic and asthetical!? :wink:
It's available only direct from the manufacturer in Germany and they offer a trial periode of 30 days if I remember well!

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Re: Buying a chair for playing : your vote !

Postby clivepics » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:15 am

adjustable drum stool?

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Re: Buying a chair for playing : your vote !

Postby italian_job » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:57 am

https://www.wengercorp.com/chairs/#

not cheap but they're the best, I have a cello chair and it's unbelievably comfy

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Re: Buying a chair for playing : your vote !

Postby Alan Green » Tue Jul 05, 2016 1:13 pm

I use a standard dining chair. Nice and simple

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Re: Buying a chair for playing : your vote !

Postby italian_job » Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:17 pm

Alan Green wrote:I use a standard dining chair. Nice and simple


try a tilted seat with a slight slope and you'll be amazed how helps reducing strain!


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