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June 4, 2014

Scott Morris On Posture


In his latest video lesson Scott Morris looks at a subject so basic that we forget just how important it really is – posture. How you hold the guitar determines how to a great extent how easy or hard you make life for yourself when playing. Scott looks at the basics such as chair height, footstools and guitar supports, and the correct position for the guitar and your arms when playing. For more like this check out Scott’s other videos or his method, Classical Guitar Complete. Scott plays a Felipe Conde CE-4 cedar.

Comments (7)


I’m a 63 year-old graduate of Firestone Conservatory, had my own guitar department at Slippery Rock University, was on the concert stage for five years, and enjoyed your video immensely!!

You are a great teacher and I wish you all success and happiness.


I enjoyed your video especially concerning the left hand. Where can one get the item you showed which replaces the foot stool?

on a related item. I’m 76 years young. years ago I lived in California and studied with maestro Vicente Gomez. subsequent I came back to N.Y. State got a full time job and became miserably respectefull. In the past few years, since retiring, I’ve began to play the guitar again. I study every day Pratt, Carcassi and Sor and some more familiar pieces. Do you know of a school in the state of Georgia or nearby where I can further learn the instrument before I croak? I want to be able to smile when I’m underground. thank uuuuuuuuuuuuu

very useful lesson!!
I was getting so sloppy- never was right from the start.

question- in this video you said nothing about upper body leaning forward or verticel. please say something about that.

leaning forward a lot soon does a bachache.

I hadn’t realized that I had let the diagonal angle of my guitar neck get a little too flat. I saw this video, changed the angle, and voila instant improvement of tone production and left hand facility. Thanks for that!!

Hello Scott,

Very good video! I have been a classical teacher at some colleges in central Texas for about 35 years, and I would concur with all you said. I am so convinced that chair height is crucial to good playing that I have one of the nice foldout-type, padded seat chairs for playing classical guitar that puts me at exactly the right height when playing in public. With that chair I can use a wooden foldout type footstool I made (somewhat similar to what Bream used)and still be assured of being at the right height and in the correct position. I do have an adjustable footstool though for instances where taking the foldout out chair is not practical.

I’ve often found it unfortunate to see some players, and even some good players, on YouTube clips and even some who do videos for GSI, playing with the guitar on the right leg, and with their right wrist being bent at a very unnatural angle, which eventually causes wrist, back, and shoulder problems. Posture is so crucial, and that’s one on the reasons Segovia was still performing at 94!

Again, Scott, very nice and informative video. I especially liked the idea of playing in front of a mirror….been doing that myself for many years and I always suggest it to my students.

Great video on posture. At the end you asked for requests for topics. Please make a video about performance, especially how to not make mistakes. Thanks!

When I started playing I had no idea of the importance of posture. I would spend countless hours practising and then my whole body would be sore the next day. Eventually I realised how important it is to have good posture and started consciously using good posture in my practice.

I should add that different techniques require different postures. For example, when strumming chords it is best to have the guitar on your right knee but when playing fast shredding kind of stuff it is much easier if you have the guitar on your left knee.

I have found that some electric guitar body shapes are really terrible for playing with correct posture while sitting. They are clearly made for stand up play, the flying V for example.

Before buying a guitar you should take your chair into the shop and test it out or before buying a chair or footstool you should take your guitar to the shop and test it out. It took me ages to do this but once I had the proper chair, footstool and guitar playing became much easier and I improved a lot faster.

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