Reply To: Footstools
Footrests allow the guitar’s fretboard to be closer to a player’s hand thus making it easier to play and easier to see your finger placement, but they are bad for the back because they can cause spine misalignment. For my students, I have them cross their right leg over their left leg and then they can place the guitar on the right leg. That is better for the back. I would say that they are not too important. If a student wants to learn how to play the classical guitar I would recommend that they get a guitar support and place it the guitar with the support attached on the left leg. For classroom guitar I don’t think they are necessary.
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