MessyTendon wrote:It seems the footstool or suction cup supports are quite favorable. I know some early instruments were used with straps. Why has the strap not been more utilized in classical playing.
Thanks for this question!
I play with strap for ages and promoted it here a lot.
I recorded more than hundred albums with guitar on strap.
Therefore from my point of view - strap been utilized a lot (in my work).
Many folks do not use it?
That is their choice.
As Scot wrote - because of "tradition".
I think it is even more than that.
People naturally have "Religious" way of thinking.
Majority like to follow Great Teachers, Prophets and Gurus...
and just a few may question everything and follow their own ways.
Great Teachers of guitar chose not to use strap and to sit in inconvenient ergonomically bad pose.
Everybody follow and will follow.
Because even to question Ways of Great Teachers is a Heresy...
That is why people will continue to sit and will try to remove buttons for strap in case if they were installed in guitars they purchased...
Straps are Taboo...
So as long playing in sitting position will be considered only proper and true way of been classical guitarist people will dismiss straps as signs of belonging to something else, not classical guitar anymore.
So Straps are doomed to be used by few rebels like me... and ...Scot?
I'd better speak by music...Please listen my guitar at Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, etc.