Doing Your Business: Standing Up or Sitting Down?

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  1. TeleTex82

    TeleTex82 Friend of Leo's

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    No this ain't about your bathroom habits, get your head out of the gutter...errr...commode.

    I'm talking about guitar playing. I've come to realize that I play quite differently depending on if I'm standing or sitting. When I'm sitting my playing is more melodic, a lot more chord tones, arpeggios etc. When I'm standing it's a lot more gutbucket licks and speedy runs, a little ballsier and flashier.

    Personally, I think I like my playing better when I'm sitting but I have a hell of a time replicating it when I'm bipedal.

    Anybody else do this? Which one do you prefer?
     
  2. 3-Chord-Genius

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    I record everything sitting down, because as you noted, it's easier to play that way. And like you said, when I'm standing up it's very difficult to replicate that. I don't sound quite as good live....
     
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    I have decided I am more comfortable playing while sitting. and it's not like i'm going to look like Jimi or Jeff Beck if I play standing up anyway. I won't even look as cool as Leslie West.
     
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    I sing better standing, but my legs don't shake when I'm seated.
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    Peace - Deeve
     
  5. Milspec

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    Almost always sitting down for me....I like to feel the vibration in the ribs when I play. Standing up, I don't get the same feel and I hear the notes from a different angle and space...whole different sound to my ears.
     
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    I always used to sit down. Then I got a strap and learned to play standing up. Now I have a bad back and need to sit down again.
     
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    I Think I play the same either way even though I’ve never really considered it. Sometimes I just feel like sitting and playing. Sometimes I feel like standing and playing, but then I see myself in the mirror and don’t look as cool I thought I would and then I feel like sitting again. :lol:
     
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    I've always played standing. Figured I wasn't gonna sit down when I was playing in front of people, so why would I practice sitting down.

    Screwed up my ankle a few years ago. Had to sit for like a month. Felt alien as heck.
     
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    I usually learn one sitting then have to relearn it standing. Have to be careful and not sit too much.
     
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    I don't like sitting down to play and much prefer to stand.
     
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    I sit. But being stuck inside my legs are seizing up. So yesterday I played standing up and walking around as far as my 3m lead would let me.

    Today my legs are still seized up and my back is too.

    An aged man is but a paltry thing,
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  12. brokenbones

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    Learning/Practicing = sitting
    Practicing for a gig = standing
     
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    Mostly sitting. Except for when I'm not.
     
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    sitting down. I have always wondered if it was better to practice standing up, so that when you play live, you have got the right posture to play... better ? I guess the solution would be to play live with the guitar way above the waist, so that the posture is similar to play sitting down.

    Does this post make sense ? Not much i guess.
     
  15. trev333

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    Most of the guitar playing I do at home here is seated.. though I've been paying bass the last few years in bands..

    I find it hard to sit down playing bass even at practice.... I like to move as I groove... ;)
     
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    I don’t have my guitar up super high but it is just about in the same position when seated or standing,
    That’s just where it’s comfortable to me

    Although since I don’t play out I play seated 99% of the time
     
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    Hi.

    When I was a teenager, young-ish adult, I stood. Don’t know why. Lack of suitable chair or stool as much as anything, I guess.

    Now, I mostly sit.

    I think I play badly when I sit. I know I play worse when I stand.

    Seriously though, I’m more accurate and my stumpy wee fingers have more of a chance when I sit. It seems better for general practice. However, when I stand, there’s more of a chance I’ll feel less inhibited and I’m more likely to get my groove on.

    As someone who’s had to come to terms with and accept that he’ll never advance upon struggling with simplistic, straightforward rock songs, I’ve come to understand that for me, groove trumps technique or ability.

    I guess I should stand more...

    Pax/
    Dean
     
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    I try to stand if I’m preparing for playing with the band. Its harder to play clean standing, so I try to practice it. It’s very easy to get lazy and just sit though.

    It’s mildly embarrassing, but I practice stage presence too. I have a tendency to be really static and boring on the stage if I don’t focus on it.
     
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    I’m the primary drummer for my churches worship team. However, I get to play lead guitar when our two main guitar players aren’t available. That happens about every other month. Since I’m not playing guitar in any other bands, I practice at home sitting down. When I get on the schedule to play guitar at church, I usually know a couple weeks in advance. At that point I definitely have to practice standing up. It is a whole different ballgame and it takes me a few days to get comfortable with it again. But it’s like riding a horse, it comes back pretty quickly.
     
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    I've adjusted my strap so the guitar sits in the same place whether sitting or standing. When I'm standing I look like a goofball but a least I'm comfortable and lose very little accuracy.
     
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