Footstool size

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Utku Demir
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Footstool size

Post by Utku Demir » Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:42 pm

Hello everyone,
What is the size of footstool for best standing and playing a guitar?
Also, you may suggest a brand for it.

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Re: Footstool size

Post by prawnheed » Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:48 pm

You have to find what works for you. It depends on your body, your chair, your playing position etc.

If find that anything the right height works just fine. I am currently using a tin that had vegtables in it (the standard 400g tin). i have also used old paint tins, a block of wood, a pile of books, etc.

You can buy fancy adjustable stools, but they offer no real advantage over stuff you already have.

Try a few things until you find the right height for you.

Utku Demir
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Re: Footstool size

Post by Utku Demir » Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:04 pm

Thanks prawnheed. I will try another stuff like books or tins.

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Re: Footstool size

Post by Jack Douglas » Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:58 pm

Utku Demir wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:42 pm
Hello everyone,
What is the size of footstool for best standing and playing a guitar?
Also, you may suggest a brand for it.
I had a furniture maker make a footstool to my specifications for about $125.00. Worth every penny. PM me for the contact information.
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Re: Footstool size

Post by Intune » Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:23 pm

If you're committed to a footstool (rather than a guitar support, which many players recommend to keep a healthy spine), get one with adjustable heights. That way you can experiment to find the right height for you. You can find adjustable footstools on many guitar-supply websites, such as Strings by Mail. I don't think they're very expensive.
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Re: Footstool size

Post by Todd Tipton » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:09 pm

As others have already suggested, it depends on many factors. The most significant factors are the length of your torso, the height of your chair, and the length of your legs (especially from the floor to your knees). Personally, I prefer a chair that sits a little lower than average allowing the guitar to feel more secure. A good guideline for starting out is to get in a position where the neck of the guitar is not horizontal or vertical, but rather diagonal. When you are seated with good posture, the head of the guitar should be at about eye level.

It is common for those seeking a good default position to have the head of the guitar a bit too low. If the guitar is in a good position, then you should be able to maintain good posture, keep the thumb behind the neck, and play the highest 19th fret note on the first string with your 4th finger. This one task is very often a good indicator that you are in the ballpark. It is also common for students to believe they are in a good position, but then fail this little test of playing the highest note. When attempting this, it is very easy to raise the guitar a bit and find comfort and ease. The footstool is then raised accordingly.

Lastly, I am an advocate to alternatives to the footstool. I do believe it is good to first get maximum comfort with a footstool so that one has a good understanding of what they are trying to imitate. Along those lines though, I am all for footstool burning parties...LOL :-)
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Re: Footstool size

Post by henders » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:56 pm

Todd Tipton wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:09 pm
Along those lines though, I am all for footstool burning parties...LOL :-)
I’m with you on that. What an absolute torture device. Why even start with one though? A good quality support provides excellent and comfortable stability. I could never go back.

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Re: Footstool size

Post by Scott Phillips » Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:05 pm

I used to use an adjustable, metal foot stool. Then I was given a guitar support. What a difference. I can keep bother feet flat on the floor, and I can sit up straight. Takes a little getting used to, but my back is no longer sore from being hunched over.

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Re: Footstool size

Post by tormodg » Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:20 pm

Going from footstool to A-frame decades ago helped me get rid of back problems caused by improper sitting position. I now have used a Kris Barnett support for a few years and it beats the A-frame due to internal magnets which help it stay in position.
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Re: Footstool size

Post by Scott88 » Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:14 am

I'm definitely on the banning foot stool option. There are some great alternative ergos which do the same job but are so much better for your posture and long term health. Raising one leg for a footstool twists your hips out of alignment causing the base of your spine to curve and a muscular imbalance to eventually develop. A frames/ergos allow you to keep both feet flat and play for much longer with much more comfort.

Just my thoughts!

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