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(@undercat)
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I'm not sure how to politely phrase this question, so please bear with me.

I've started teaching a gal beginner guitar, she's dedicated and picking things up quickly, but there's somewhat of a problem with the position she holds the guitar.

It's a full sized acoustic type guitar, and when she sits, it always looks like she has to hold it away from her body, but it's actually because her... chest is getting in the way. I guess this isn't a female exclusive issue, as a highly overweight person might have the same issue with their stomach, but I haven't encountered that yet.

So how do all the full figured female guitarists deal with that? I've encouraged her to hold the guitar flat relative to the front of her body, and not to hunch over, but that seems to make her wrist bend too much.

Any thoughts appreciated.

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(@noteboat)
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I worked with a banjo player years ago who must have weight about 400# or so (and he was maybe 5'6" tall). His banjo was darn near horizontal to his body - but he was one fine player!

The wrist is the key, as you've noted. With the thumb behind the neck and the wrist pretty straight, try to find the best position you can. Most likely she'll have the neck angled out a bit more than a person with average build, but you'll be able to find some compromise of guitar body angle, guitar neck angle, and 'tilt' (for lack of a better term) that gives her the best playing position given her physical characteristics.

Some folks, like the banjo player, aren't structured for perfect playing position. That's just something to work around - they can still become very good musicians.

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(@undercat)
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Thanks Tom. It's good to hear from one more experienced that it's okay to make small compromises in the name of sanity.

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Does she play acoustic or electric? As a rather "well endowed" female I find that when I play acoustic I have to either strap my guitar at a height that allows me to hold it at the correct angle that allows my right boob to "sit" in the curve of the guitar, or just lower the whole thing and adjust my fretting and strumming. (I find it easier the first way.) With an electric, it's not an issue.

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that allows my right boob to "sit" in the curve of the guitar

Sooooo, that's what it's for.

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(@undercat)
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She plays exclusively acoustic at the moment. I don't think it will be a problem with electric, as you mentioned.

I'm not quite comfortable enough to say "hey, try putting your boob right there". But I'll keep it mind.

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Sooooo, that's what it's for

I just about spit my coffee at the monitor, Greybeard.... because what popped into my mind is that the guitar is a unisex instrument, which means the curve on the bottom must be for....

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Sooooo, that's what it's for

I just about spit my coffee at the monitor, Greybeard.... because what popped into my mind is that the guitar is a unisex instrument, which means the curve on the bottom must be for....

:)

Glad I could give y'all a laugh!! :D Hope your monitor's OK!

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I can see my attempt at a politely phrased question was not needed!

Now if no one mentions jack plates or top contours, I think we can still get out of here alive... :D

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I would think that playing while standing would be easier. I've seen Dolly Parton play both sitting and standing, her breasts never seemed to be a problem for her. She could really pick before she grew those long finger nail.

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I would think that playing while standing would be easier. .

Absolutely! It is MUCH easier to play an acoustic standing. It reduces the "boob involvement" greatly! :D

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(@coatbutton)
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I'm lucky I prefer to play electric, because I do have trouble with my Dad's acoustic. If she's sitting on the edge of her chair with a strap on the guitar, she should be able to drop one knee and let the guitar hang a little lower than her natural lap. That gives you the best of both standing and sitting.


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I just about spit my coffee at the monitor, Greybeard.... because what popped into my mind is that the guitar is a unisex instrument, which means the curve on the bottom must be for....

:)"Real Men" don't need guitar straps.

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Ricochet wrote: "Real Men" don't need guitar straps.
My turn to spit coffee!!!

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I can't find the thread which showed the custom guitars for pregnant ladies and others with custom contouring needs - it fits in with this thread quite well.


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