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Posture Problems

Discussion in 'Chris Broderick' started by Anthony P, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. Anthony P

    Anthony P New Metal Member

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    Hey Chris, I have a problem (or several maybe) with my playing posture.
    I find myself slouching when I play sitting down. I find it to be comfortable, but when I stand back up, my back feels strained, and my playing standing up suffers.
    You have great posture, I assume from playing classical from all these years. Can you offer me some tips towards a healthy, efficient playing posture?


    Thanks, Anthony
     
  2. Chris_Broderick

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    Well,

    There are inherent problems with posture and playing the guitar. One: People always want to look down to see what they are playing (which is necessary), so for this I recommend playing in front of a mirror to observe your playing (and of course to check out how cool you hair looks AHAHAHHA just kidding). Two: sitting is easier when it is what you are used to. If you plan on performing live I recommend that you always play standing up. Which leads to Three: The weight of the guitar and it's asymmetrical placement on the shoulders can cause stress and fatigue. For this you can consider a few options; a lighter guitar such as a parker fly; a strap that distributes the weight evenly like a sax strap (they do make them for guitar but I don't know what they are called); and stretching with conditioning (working out) to counter the effects of carrying a guitar around.

    There is no grand solution but these can help,

    Take care, Chris.
     
  3. Anthony P

    Anthony P New Metal Member

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    In my off time, I often gaze into the brown depths of my gorgeous hair when I'm not practicing, so I can kill two birds with one stone. I'm pretty good at multitasking. :lol:

    I do plan on playing live, so I guess I really should focus on practicing standing up. My technique is pretty bad compared to when I sit down. I don't have my guitar too low, but my wrist is at an angle I'm not used to. I really don't want to raise my strap up to sitting hight, not even Petrucci can make it look good. I guess this was inevitable.

    My main guitars at the moment (RGA and an RG) are both fairly light, and I recently bought a strap that has air pockets that cushion my shoulder, so the weight of the instrument is not a problem.

    Alright, I'm going to get to it. Thanks man - Anthony


    PS: Oh yeah, are you doing lessons at the moment? I have a friend, Victor, who claims he's emailed you several times early in July, and never got a response. I know you're still insanely busy with Megadeth at the moment, but I just wanted to know what was going on. Anyway, Take care.
     
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    HvM New Metal Member

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    Life and it's coincidences....

    I say this because, I just saw this recent post now, when for the past 2 months I got a really nasty posture problem, also derived from the guitar posture I play in.
    It happened as you mentioned: I started to lean to much over the guitar to see what I was doing to the point that I was even aprouching the head over the fretboard (seated on standing).

    What happened with this horrible posture was that, my back muscles reached their limit on holding the guitar and the tension I was putting on them, this and stress and ansiety over this last months because of other things, and my backs started to hurt all day until their seriously tnsioned after a live show I attended. The next morning they were so contracted I couldn't rotate my torso or head. I had to have several sessions with a masseuse to relax every muscle, and lengthening my spinal column, because of the contractd tensioned muscles that forced it into an unnatural position. I play guitar for over 10 years (still amateur but hopping to change to a professional level in a short time) and never had any issue of this kind with by back...go figure.
    The tensioned muscles were aready affecting my column posture and the shoulder's muscles got tensioned and started to hurt also. Really nasty to the point that I'm still recovering from it, after more than 2 months. I had really nasty pain on the back and shoulders!

    Now for the recovery....I'm having Pilates classes: specific exercises for the inner core muscles inside our body, resposible for the body posture; and Body Balance: Yoga, Pilates and Tai-Chi mixed together to achieve body balance (hence the name), so our body is less prune to this kind of injury.

    The thing I can say to your post is, don't stop doing exercise if you want to be a musician or play regularly supporting and intrument with your body.
    I think those kind of classes I mentioned are really really important for a musician that plays standing.
    Specially pay regular attention to your body while practicing and correct it. Your body will learn and remember the way it's used to play your instrument. (Just like learning and remembering scales).

    The good think with all this is that, I've learned allot about body posture, exercises to relax and develop core muscles strength that will help me in my future in playing guitar! if I want more than being just an amateur...imagine if this happened while I was already working as a session musician, with a band or something.....


    Hope this helps.


    Cheers,
    Hugo
     

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