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Sitting Or Standing: Which Way Should You Practice Guitar?

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Short Answer

Practice whichever way is most comfortable for you.

Unless you have reason to believe this is important, stop inventing problems and focus on the things that will really improve your guitar playing. The answers will become clear to you after more practice time.

Worrying about standing or sitting is like paying a financial advisor $50 to tell you how to invest $100.

Long Answer

There are a few things to mind when deciding how to practice.

If you will perform, practice in the way you will perform

If you will perform standing, as with a band, then you should practice standing as much as possible. Even if you learn all of the songs during practice, you might be surprised how much of a difference it makes to be standing during rehearsal.

If you will sing, consider standing

Vocalists very often perform while standing, and many voice instructors believe that the standing position offers advantages to breathing and technique.

Practice in a way appropriate for your style and personality

Classical guitar players, and solo guitar players of almost every sort, tend to play sitting down. This stability may give them more concentration and accuracy. More active entertainers, especially those that move around and engage with an audience or other band members, tend to practice standing.

Nobody really cares

This is a classic example of something that’s easy to overthink. When is the last time you heard someone say, “I wonder why she performed that song sitting down?”

Nobody cares if you’re standing up or sitting down. It’s up to you.

Standing up may be better for your health

Standing can help you keep control of your weight, as it burns considerably more calories than sitting. Research is starting to turn up that suggests sitting is the new smoking, and that long periods of sitting are taking years off of people’s life. Especially if you sit at work, why not mix it up by standing during practice?

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