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(@starrk)
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Should I be spending my time sitting when I practice or standing? I have an electric guitar and I ask because when I try to strum e major I find my self hitting the both e strings, could sitting be effecting my playing posture?


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(@alangreen)
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You should practise standing as much as sitting; you're unlikely to be sat on stage playing an electric, but your also unlikely to be standing if you're in the orchestra pit for a musical.

You're hitting E strings when you're playing E - I'm not sure that's a problem. However, if you're hitting more strings than you should be when you strum other chords then standing up is not going to fix a dodgy pick-hand technique.

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(@starrk)
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You should practise standing as much as sitting; you're unlikely to be sat on stage playing an electric, but your also unlikely to be standing if you're in the orchestra pit for a musical.

You're hitting E strings when you're playing E - I'm not sure that's a problem. However, if you're hitting more strings than you should be when you strum other chords then standing up is not going to fix a dodgy pick-hand technique.

Ah ic so how can I improve my picking hand technique? Strumming the same thing over and over?


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(@alangreen)
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More or less. Watch your pick hand as you strum a simple chord sequence - it gets easier the more you do it.

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(@kjtheguitarist)
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When you are a beginner, sitting is a better option. To find right posture.
And then, play standing occasionally. remember the posture and the feeling, do the same way when you play sitting.
Simple, right?

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(@gilbertog)
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Find the most comfortable posture and sit, if you are a beginner. When you develop yourself to a higher levels, you will know what will be the best for you better than anyone ;)

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(@factorx)
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When I played in my first band it was shocking how much transition was necessary for me to stand. I just spent so many hours practicing while sitting. Never even used a strap before that. Now I don't play without it. Sitting or not.

I would agree with Alan. You should practice both ways


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(@ryuking)
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When I played in my first band it was shocking how much transition was necessary for me to stand. I just spent so many hours practicing while sitting. Never even used a strap before that. Now I don't play without it. Sitting or not.

I would agree with Alan. You should practice both ways
I've never been able to play without a strap even if I'm sitting down. My main guitar is a V now though, so that might have something to do with it

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(@ryuking)
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I do kind of have trouble playing standing up though. I'm a bedroom player and nothing more.

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(@s1120)
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Ya, as was said... there is a difference. I guess a lot depends on what you plan to do in the future. If your planning on being in a band, or playing out live, your probably going to want to get used to standing. If your a basement player and just do it for fun, sitting is fine. It really depends on what you want. Nether is right, or wrong. I still struggle with standing... but that's because ive never really worked at it.

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(@mccoy2015)
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Try adjusting the strap may be its too low when your standing up. if your a tall guy with long arms no prob coz you can position your hands properly... proper positioning of the guitar when standing up is the key...


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