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(@hectores-house)
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Hi all - a really basic question: what do you find is the best kind of seat/chair for sitting on when you play guitar? It's something I need to look at cos my back is starting to ache (currently using a cheapo plastic stool - good height but no back support...)
thanks
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(@musenfreund)
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Personally, I stand. Would standing work for you or would that bother your back more?

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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I suffer with a back problem; I can play standing up, but not for any great length of time....about 1/2 an hour, tops. I've found the best chair for me is a small swivel-stool with a low adjustable back-rest.

Something like this....

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(@wattsiepoops)
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I tend to stand, sit on my amp or even slouch on the couch or my bed. Then again, i am a lazy student

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(@rparker)
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Leaning back, feet up on desk. Sometimes in a recliner with feet up and leaning back a bit. I do stand once in a while.

If I'm playing with someone, I either do it standing or sitting upright on a padded piano bench or regular straight back chair. A lot of it is what I'm doing. Am I 'playing guitar', or am I 'playing a little guitar while sitting back and resting my head and neck' ?

If I am sitting back, but need to get serious because, gosh darn-it, I'm not doing the song properly and it's making me angry, I'll sit straight up and into a better guitar position.

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(@rr191)
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I've had two back surgeries for ruptured disks so I know what you're talking about. You will just need to find a solution that works for you since everyone's back seems to be different. Some people like to use drummer stools with a back rest. I've found that just resting my right feet on a small foot rest seems to change the angle of my back enough to make it much more comfortable. Good luck with your search for a solution!

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(@jackhookss)
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The person sufferring from a back problem need to take care of his back while sitting such a person can use a easy chair or sitt on a chair and keep his legs somewhere upstairs and completely relaxing the back while sitting. It is to be a best way of getting comfort.

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(@gchord)
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I have a bar stool I got at at a thrift store. I don't really sit,kind of a half stand with one leg on the resting bar.When I'm home it's the recliner.


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(@kent_eh)
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It varies. Armless kitchen chair, bar stool, standing, edge of the couch (or the arm).

I guess it depends on what room I'm in and what's available. And my mood

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(@ballybiker)
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key points.....

chair or stool or whatever (amp seems popular) with no obstruction such as arms (or people).

certainly go for a standing position

ABOVE ALL ELSE LEARN TO RELAX!!!!!!!

Tension is the killer...always was for me....muscle tension anywhere in your body has an effect somewhere else...like your back for example...

so sit/stand proud and just RELAX

what did the drummer get on his I.Q. test?....

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(@anonymous)
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i play lying down a lot. it's really comfortable once you don't have to look at your hands any more.


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