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Can You Play Sitting Or Standing?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by FenderGyrl, Jul 8, 2018.

Can you play just as well whether you are sitting or standing?

Poll closed Jul 22, 2018.
  1. I mostly play while sitting, but I can play while standing.

  2. I only play while sitting down.

  3. I can play just as well whether I am sitting or standing.

  1. FenderGyrl

    FenderGyrl Friend of Leo's

    Jul 22, 2012
    I did two Jam Sessions this weekend.
    I realized that some people can't play while standing up. I guess being able to play just as well whether I am sitting or standing is something I take for grated.

    Maybe it has to do with whether you have played on stage vs only playing at home?
    Playing live while standing is a horse of a different color:
    Dealing with Neck Dive - Pedals - Etc ...
    Any thoughts ?
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  2. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I can do either, with no difficulties.
    I sing better when I stand, and I seem to be singing more than ever on gigs.
    I also think sitting looks bad on a paying gig.
    One lady bandleader I worked for would not “allow” sitting.
    I agree that it looks, uh, “low energy”.
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  3. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Friend of Leo's

    Jun 30, 2007
    Swanton Ohio
    It doesn't really matter to me..I always stood while playing on stage, but usually siting in the studio..
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  4. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 5, 2009
    Georgetown, TX
    Either way.

    As for sitting, I think there are some situations where it's appropriate and where standing would actually appear strange: Don't think it would have looked right for Herb Ellis or Joe Pass to be standing while playing with Oscar Peterson, for example. Western swing bands, too, look right with players sitting.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2018
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  5. P-Nutz

    P-Nutz Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Dec 24, 2004
    Middle America
  6. Teddyjack

    Teddyjack Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 2, 2017
    I'll play either way. I pinched a nerve in my neck a few months ago so there were a number of gigs where I used a chair. Some of my favorite guitar players sit - Marc Ribot being one. Saw the three girls and their buddy tour (Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin w/Buddy Miller) and they all performed sitting down.
  7. william tele

    william tele Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 7, 2009
    Kansas City, MO
    My playing position is kind of combination of the two...

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  8. FenderGyrl

    FenderGyrl Friend of Leo's

    Jul 22, 2012
    Playing while standing: A horse of a different color for sure ...
    Jimmy = Low Slung
    tumblr_osjhzcXOFB1wqbgivo1_1280.jpg Steve Howe = Old School
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  9. TheGoodTexan

    TheGoodTexan Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    I read an old interview of Lee Ritenour the other day, when he was working on the album 6 String Theory.

    He said that he always sits down when recording. Always. He said that when John Scofield came in the studio to record a song with him, Sco was standing up and suggested that Ritenour would sound better if he stood up to play his track too.

    He tried it, and was astonished that it worked. ???

    I've never understood why sitting or standing makes any difference in the world as to how a person plays. I always stand when playing live with a band, of course. When hanging out with friends, I just do what they do, and don't give it much thought. It doesn't make me any difference.
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  10. FenderGyrl

    FenderGyrl Friend of Leo's

    Jul 22, 2012
    I imagine that playing Ramones music is best done while standing !
  11. FenderGyrl

    FenderGyrl Friend of Leo's

    Jul 22, 2012
    I have different techniques that I use when playing sitting vs standing.

    Playing a Les Paul while standing, I gotta have the strap locked on where the neck and body meet. I will stand the LP almost straight up and down to get in the higher register. Gotta make sure that strap doesn't slip off.

    I don't do this when I play a Telecaster, I do keep my strap shorter on my Tele's though. Strats, I let them ride low.

    I tend to play my basses low slung also.
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  12. stratclub

    stratclub Tele-Meister

    Mar 15, 2018
    Yes, I can play sitting or standing.
  13. Stubee

    Stubee Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

    Jan 22, 2007
    If I’m performing for anyone in the slightest serious manner, I stand up. Free expression, easier to reach down inside ya for singing.
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  14. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 21, 2012
    My timing is way better standing, so if I'm performing or recording, I must stand, but if I'm learning a song or technique or songwriting, I'm sitting down. If I'm using the wah pedal I have to stand and if I'm playing my strat I have to stand. If I play my resonator or small parlor, I must be sitting.

    Yup, that means when I'm playing the reso or parlor, my timing sucks, but I'm always playing some old blues stuff where timing is more ... uhh, forgiving ... yeah, that's it ... forgiving.:D
  15. El Marin

    El Marin Tele-Holic

    Mar 19, 2014
    Madrid, Spain, EU
    For me is the opposite. I play better and much rather prefer playing standing. Most of my life being a "band player" nor a "sofa player"
  16. SecretSquirrel

    SecretSquirrel Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Jul 2, 2015
    It might depend on the situation. I generally prefer standing, and do so with the 'rock' band, but as I told my buddies in the 'lounge' trio, "This is a sit-down band."
  17. SecretSquirrel

    SecretSquirrel Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Jul 2, 2015
    Some players like to have it both ways...

  18. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Oh, I can do both....sort of..:D

    Like many, I sit and play guitar while messing around at home.... I don't feel the need to strap on ..

    and stand in a band situation... at practice I might have a sit/perch through a long session every now and then.....

    I find, I have to move about playing the Bass..... get with my groove...;)
  19. Plumber

    Plumber Tele-Meister

    Jun 5, 2014
    I played only one gig sitting on a stool as my leg was so badly broken.

    I often sit in rehearsals as getting others up to speed is tedious.
  20. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2015
    I can do either, but I prefer standing and only play sitting down if I'm learning to play something from tabs.
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