Stephen Kenyon wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:19 pm
AndreiKrylov wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:34 pm
rdebashis wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:27 am
I am planning to take the Trinity exam for classical guitar during June/July 2018. I have a question regarding the posture.
It appears the sitting posture is mandatory for classical guitar...
and we are here that all ergonomically good and technically convenient postures are welcome?
well. seems it is not true yet.
everything "not standard" (not sitting in "classical" way) seems to be taboo.. still..
Andrei, this was an educational question relating to a specific exam related requirement; the first task was to clarify for the OP the correct answer … it was also intended to help the OP by probing the matter and finding out why he was asking the question in the first place. Talking about taboos and questioning the whole premise seems likely to confuse the whole situation.
There's a reason that the high 99.99s% percent of serious players use some variant of 'standard' posture is for an extremely good reason - it works for that percentage of players. The few who are able to find that standing, sitting cross-legged, using the right leg, Brahms-guitar style, or whatever else, works better for them will do so when they have got to the relevant stage in their development when they can make this decision. As other posts have mentioned, for the great majority, anything else is too prone to causing tensions; that for a great many would end their playing development at an early stage. An educational institution with the serious responsibility to guiding learners of all backgrounds, stages and degrees of aptitude and commitment, is clearly correct to give this steerage; it is simply not that it is a taboo, it is what gives the desired results across the board for this group.
If it were true that other methods were "ergonomically good and technically convenient", they too would be welcomed; long experience has shown otherwise, is all.
Thanks for your comment , Stephen!
But... your answer is just a confirmation of my observation...
This is taboo...
You are confirming to me that all other than "classical" sitting position (please not I am not a fun of any sitting positions and you mentioned few of them, because by definition they all much harder on our bodies than standing/moving and using a strap )
You wrote about desirable results - sure sitting "properly" will be a "desirable result" when one do not have any other options, when ONE MUST present oneself properly everywhere - for exams , concerts, etc. it is expected from one to sit "certain way" otherwise one may not be considered a true, authentic member of this "tribe" (group?)
How could one choose something else if 99.99% of teachers will start their teaching of the student with lesson explaining how one should "properly" sit...?
It is taboo which sits deep in classical guitar psyche and it is internal religious part of this culture.
As far as results ? well since there are not many others who play/record/compose standing - then I could use my own work experience as a comparison...and I was able to work very hard and to be very productive, and if I had to use sitting position than 90% of my work will not happen, simply because of amount of work I was able to do standing. As far as a technique - there is a zero difference. Only difference is ability to work (standing) lot more hours without feeling pain and feeling tired.
Therefore my personal experience (and while playing guitar 50 years I tried and used all kind of ways and played in "classical" position for many years too) confirming that "standard" opinion regarding "standard position" ...is just... taboo...
I'd better speak by music...Please listen my guitar at Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, etc.