How do you sit with the guitar?
There are 2 main ways to sit with the guitar.
One is known as “casual position.”
The other as “classical position.”
Casual position is when you rest the guitar on one leg.
Classical position is when you rest the guitar between your legs and sit with a foot stool.
Though casual position is the sitting position most commonly seen, I encourage my students to sit with classical position.
- It allows better access to the fretboard.
- It’s a lot better for good technique.
- It’s better for posture.
But most importantly – it feels very similar to standing with the guitar.
Something I here a lot from students is “when I sit down I can play fine, but as soon as I stand – everything feels different and I can’t play as well.”
When you stand with the guitar it’s positioned in front of your body in a very similar way to how it’s positioned when you sit in classical position.
If you sit in classical position you’ll probably find it quite easy to stand and play.
But if you sit with casual position, it’s going to feel quite different and awkward.
Because of this, I think classical position is the best way to sit and play the guitar.