In previous posts, I have complained about miscellaneous aches and pains that I have been experiencing from playing so much. It became apparent to me that the only time I would get relief was to not play and lay off of the computer for a few days.
The little light came on above my head and I had an idea when watching Muriel Anderson on YouTube. I noticed that she was using the classical position using a foot rest or crossing her legs. Trying to emulate Tommy Emmanuel’s style of both feet on the ground stomping away, I strayed away from using the classical position. My foot stool collected dust while my aches and pains began to grow. The guitar wasn’t supported well enough and I had a tendency to slip on my lap. I would then contort my body to keep it steady which put a lot of pressure on my arms and back. After a few songs, I noticed that I began to ache and needed a break. The frustration as began to grow as well.
After my moment of enlightenment I dusted off the old foot stool and began to play the classical way. I immediately noticed the difference and was able to play a lot longer and was able to relax. I have to keep in mind that I always play a bit better when I make a change so we’ll see how this holds up in a week or two. I’m pretty hopeful that my aches and pains will subside. Will keep you posted.