What are your pants made of?

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What are your pants made of?

Post by dechico » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:05 am

I have been learning classical guitar for about a year and a half. Before I started playing daily, I had a thought that the best fabric for pants (to be non-slip) would be a heavy cloth, like denim or other cotton pants. It turns out that my old jeans are very soft and worn and my guitar can't get a grip.

I know there are many lap devices for holding the guitar, and not slipping, but for just regular practice, do you have a favorite pair of pants you wear due to the type of fabric? What would be a cloth that wouldn't slip, with good friction to hold the guitar in place? Do you have pants that you wear in performances because they hold the guitar well?

I searched the site for "pants" and didn't find anything. Should I just wear my jeans and not worry about it?

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Re: What are your pants made of?

Post by simonm » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:59 am

My guitar teacher (in Germany) tells me that when he was doing concerts he always wore leather pants. In class he always insists on students putting a chamois leather on the thigh to stop the guitar slipping.

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Re: What are your pants made of?

Post by GuitarVlog » Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:00 am

Buy a roll of thick non-slip liner (black or your color of choice). These can usually be found in the kitchen section of most large retailers or hardware stores. Cut a small sheet to place at the main contact point of the guitar and your garment. This works well if you're using a guitar support too.

One roll should last you several years ... or your lifetime ... depending on how large a sheet you need.

EDIT and DISCLAIMER: All of my guitars have poly finishes. I don't know how this liner material might react to other finishes.

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Re: What are your pants made of?

Post by LVR » Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:58 am

I attended a masterclass once where, right after playing, a poor young man said, "My pants just got very slippery."
To return to your question: shelf liner - it's sort of an open-texture rubbery material. You don't have to buy the whole roll in a decent hardware store. A swath about 2 feet long ( approx. 60 cm) will lie nicely across your lap. I've seen Berta Rojas, among others, use this, so it must be respectable and it works well.
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Re: What are your pants made of?

Post by Blondie » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:41 pm

For a forum member based in the UK, this has to be the most bizarre question I have ever encountered on Delcamp :)

I'm waiting for the follow up: "Are you a boxers or Y-fronts kind of guy?"

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Re: What are your pants made of?

Post by Tomzooki » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:58 pm

The problem is the same with CG and viola da gamba.... I would not use leather pants or shamois, for me it is too much... I need my guitar to be able to move a little. My favorite fabric is jeans, but of course I can't use it on stage... Avoid 100% polyester and wool, those fabric are catastrophic!! For public performance I own a skirt made of a kind of velvet just perfect, and two of my pants - blent of cotton and polyester - are suitable for that.
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Re: What are your pants made of?

Post by Vito Simplicio » Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:19 pm

Blondie wrote:For a forum member based in the UK, this has to be the most bizarre question I have ever encountered on Delcamp :)

I'm waiting for the follow up: "Are you a boxers or Y-fronts kind of guy?"
Geoff has informed some of us that in the UK "pants" refers to underwear. :shock: :lol:
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Re: What are your pants made of?

Post by HrothgarZachachaeus » Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:37 pm

simonm wrote:My guitar teacher (in Germany) tells me that when he was doing concerts he always wore leather pants. In class he always insists on students putting a chamois leather on the thigh to stop the guitar slipping.
Isn't 'Lederhosen' the answer to every question in Germany? :D
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Re: What are your pants made of?

Post by Steve Kutzer » Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:44 pm

Vito Simplicio wrote:
Blondie wrote:For a forum member based in the UK, this has to be the most bizarre question I have ever encountered on Delcamp :)

I'm waiting for the follow up: "Are you a boxers or Y-fronts kind of guy?"
Geoff has informed some of us that in the UK "pants" refers to underwear. :shock: :lol:
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Re: What are your pants made of?

Post by GuitarVlog » Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:55 pm

Steve Kutzer wrote:They still cover your fanny.
With regards to some youth fashion, that statement is very much debatable.

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Re: What are your pants made of?

Post by lagartija » Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:48 pm

GuitarVlog wrote:
Steve Kutzer wrote:They still cover your fanny.
With regards to some youth fashion, that statement is very much debatable.
:grire:

Indeed.
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Re: What are your pants made of?

Post by GuitarVlog » Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:07 pm

lagartija wrote:Indeed.
Oh, ... where are my manners? I'm being discriminatory.

My statement should have read, "With regards to some youth and plumbers' fashion ...".


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Re: What are your pants made of?

Post by Nigel Ewen » Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:40 pm

at a recent master class with Allan Neave, Allan produced a non slip car dash mat. Purchased from Tesco for £1.99.
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Re: What are your pants made of?

Post by Les Backshall » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:16 pm

Vito Simplicio wrote:Geoff has informed some of us that in the UK "pants" refers to underwear. :shock: :lol:
Yes pants in the UK are underwear - and they are referred to as a pair of pants (same as a pair of trousers)
Tomzooki wrote:and two of my pants -
So in the UK that would be one pant for each leg :)
Steve Kutzer wrote:They still cover your fanny.
And 'fanny' is slang for the female genitalia - unless, of course, that is what you meant :roll:

...divided by a common language etc....

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Re: What are your pants made of?

Post by Vito Simplicio » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:21 pm

OK, gang, we need to get back to the topic. :roll:
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