You and Your Guitar – Part VI: Supporting the Guitar and Healthy Practice Patterns

You and Your Guitar is a series of eight articles which I wrote with the chartered physiotherapist Jane Kember, who at the time was also working as an advisor for BAPAM, the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine; they were published in Classical Guitar magazine from November 1995–September 1996. While the illustrations are ‘rudimentary’, hopefully the text might have some useful ideas.

Part VI: Supporting the Guitar and Healthy Practice Patterns

FOR many years guitarists have followed in the footsteps of Carulli (1770–1841), Tárrega (1854–1909) and Segovia (1893–1987) and have used a footstool under the left foot in order to put the guitar in a more accessible position. More recently, guitarists have been experimenting with various ‘apoyos’ and guitar supports as a substitute for the footstool.

This series of articles aims to raise the level of awareness of musicians to their bodies. It is not a substitute for seeking professional help when problems arise. Each of the articles in the series focuses on one aspect of the body, but please remember that no part can be considered in isolation. The body and mind work together as a whole.

Published in Classical Guitar magazine, Vol. 14, no. 8, April 1996, pp. 26–27.

© 2016 Thérèse Wassily Saba

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