Video 8: Other Guitar Supports
All of the principles I demonstrated in the above videos still apply when you’re using an alternative guitar support (except for the 1st point of contact, because the support holds the guitar away from your left thigh) Since I injured my lower back recently, I rarely use a footstool much any more, and I appreciate the freedom and comfort that these alternate supports provide.
Here’s a link to the guitar support page at Strings by Mail, where I’ve gotten many of these.
Strings By Mail Guitar Supports Page
The ones I demonstrate in the video are:
1. Murata GR-2B, Guitar Rest with adjustable feet, Black.
2. ErgoPlay Troester Guitar Support
3. Gitano, Classical Guitar Support
The last two are both suction cup supports, and many people get great results with them. I personally never feel quite confident that the suction cup won’t pop off while I’m playing–but that’s me.
The Murata GR-2B support clamps onto my guitar with little rubber clamps. It feels extremely secure and I find I can move around freely while using it in a way that other supports don’t allow. The thigh-rest also has the most “gripperly” surface that I’ve encountered.
Because I’m tall and have a smaller than normal guitar, I had to order a longer support pole (4 inches) to replace the 3 inch one that came with it. I probably use about a centimeter of that extra inch, but it makes a difference to me.
If you really hate the idea of using either suction cups or clamps, try one of the Dynarette cushions.
Even though it can get kind of expensive to order and try different supports, in the end it can really be worth it.
Most musical instruments require some degree of physical asymmetry within the balance of holding and playing, and many musicians often suffer long term back issues as a result. One of my good friends is a yoga teacher and back specialist who has made a living mostly treating musicians back problems.
The traditional sitting position of classical guitarists is especially imbalanced and twisty to the spine—definitely not anything that a back specialist would ever recommend!
I’ve experimented with guitar supports since I was a student, but since I had a serious lower back injury last year, I’ve found using these guitar supports essential to being able to practice at all. But more than that, I’ve found that it’s provided me much more freedom of movement and expression, and connection with the guitar!