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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Slaphound, May 18, 2007.
.........what do you sit in?
My office chair in front of the computer. The wireless prevents the previous problem of cord tangling.
I do both..I just try to have my strap the same length when I stand as it is when I sit. That way when I'm gigging I'm not floundering cause my bass is too low.
I like to sit on the couch when I practice..
I generally sit on the couch with two big pillows behind my back for support. Or I sit in my computer chair when I play along with recorded music....
I rarely stand, unless my back starts to ache. Generally, I like to sit in my make shift music room on a regular folding chair. Its padded some and I also have a table on which I place my laptop and some speakers on. Or like right now I'm on the couch with my bass and obviously my laptop.
Years back when I was a student in rented accomodation I was in a house that had a really cool stool in the bathroom - about normal/low chair hieght (lower than most stools), shapped like a barrel, with a large round padded top (much wider than a normal stool). It got shifted into my room pretty quickly, as it was perfect for playing bass on. It was more comfy and stable than a regular stool, and without arms or back to get in the way.
It became a part of my practice rituals (I was practicing a LOT more then than I have time to now, so the routine was a big thing), along with a bunch of green pens I used for transcriptions (weird, but it it was a long time ago).
By some strange accident, it got taken with me when I moved ;-). I still use it today.
Plantar Fasciitis makes me sit at rehearsals and when practicing. I Vicodin up for gigs if my foot hurts too much on gig night.
I have to sit while playing due to some physical disability issues and after trying a couple of different guitar/drum type stools in the last few years, I just got a brand new Roc 'n Soc Lunar LSGX stool with a foot ring and back rest. This stool is great! It has a pneumatic center column and a special seat design that makes holding my bass on my right leg much more comfortable than anything else I've tried. I don't have any pictures yet but you can check them out at www.rocnsoc.com
X Wolf, which throne types did you try prior to Rocnsoc? Otherwise, I've seen nothing that looks as comfortable as what you cite, and clearly the cost is worthwhile with physical factors.
Until I need a Rocnsoc, I currently use a lesser drum-type throne, but it's better than many options on market. I paid $80. I like it a lot because (1) the height is VERY adjustable, (2) there's a footrest, (3) I can remove the back support, and (4) it folds somewhat for taking to workshops, and hopefully, eventually, to gigs.
I typically use this at higher than normal elevation when practicing, and have used it with an electric upright vertical bass also.
Thats exactly what Im looking for. I don't need to spend the money but they sure look comfortable.
Thanks X Wolf. Thats why I started this thread. I need some good ideas.
I have a tall stool (with a back) that I use. actually I mostly just sort of sit on the edge with one foot up on the rail. When I am doing some Bach or other classical type pieces, I do sit more fully though. When picking off songs, I am frewuently sitting on the floor cross-legged in front of the stereo with notepad and paper in front of me.
In my make-shift music room (aka garage) i sit on a big ole leather couch. the la-z-boy kind. its quite comfy. When I'm in my room i just sit on the floor or stand. Sitting does make it kinda hard to use effects though
I have this neat wooden folding chair like a 'Director's chair' you might see on movie sets .. expect mine is just a normal height so it also get used for the PC desk too. Occasionally I'll sit on the edge of bed if I'm in the mood to practice and watch TV simultaneously.
Interesting thread. I wonder... what about those ergonomic 'kneeling' chairs that became kinda popular in the 90's? (or maybe they didn't become popular, but that's when I remember seeing them in stores).
Funny, I just did a Google image search and there's a pic of a lady using one while playing her violin.
That seems weird. I guess if its comfortable though. Why not!
Before finding the Roc 'n Soc I was using a stool that was a black metal scissors type with a round seat and a small back. It had pins through holes to adjust the height. I bought it used and sorry I don't remember the brand, could have been an On-Stage or Ultimate. All I know is that it was too heavy and cumbersome to move from place to place and the Roc 'n Soc just fits me better. Before that I used a bar stool.
I can't play well unless I'm standing.
I'll usually use a chair, (dining room, etc) that is without arms, and when I gig I sometimes sit, depending on the band I'm in, and when I do it's in a chair, (armless), and I use a folding foot rest like the one that classical guitarists use. (I call it my "tribute" to classical guitarists... ) Otherwise, if I'm playing to "play" at home, I'll stand. +1 on the strap set like I'm sitting so that the trasition is at a minimum.
For home, I usually practice in my chair-and-a-half recliner. It's a very wide chair that I bought purposely for practicing guitar and bass in comfort. On gigs I either stand or sit on a wooden stool with a padded top.
I also have a small padded office chair with the right arm removed which works splendidly, especially when I'm playing and engineering my own recordings.