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Foot Rest vs Guitar Rest

There are two basic accessories for the classical guitar that put the guitar in the best playing position. Back in the early 19th century some, Dionisio Aguado if I recall correctly, recommended the use of a table to rest the guitar on. Modern technique for a long time was based on the use of a footrest:


Which I used for about fifty years! Segovia used hand-made ones because in his day, the modern adjustable ones weren't available. Once, taking a lesson with José Tomas in Spain way back when, I forgot my footrest so I used an old wooden one of Segovia's that was kicking around--just a little wooden platform like a miniature coffee table.

But lately I have been more and more uncomfortable and I have developed sciatica in a nerve in my left leg, the one that is raised. A couple of years ago I got one of those leatherette covered cushions that is supposed to replace the footrest, but as it wasn't adjustable I couldn't make it work. I have noticed on YouTube that more and more younger guitarists are using a different arrangement, a "guitar rest" that sticks onto the guitar and holds it in position so you don't have to use a foot rest. Both feet are comfortably on the floor. So I ordered one, the "Tröster" model from Ergoplay. They are made in Germany and, due to Amazon's limited delivery to Mexico these days, it actually came from Germany. Here is what it looks like on the instrument:


I admit, I was long reluctant to try this kind of rest because I didn't like the idea of suckers on my instrument! However, they are perfectly safe and do not harm the instrument or mar the finish. They are strong rubber and stick really well. To get it off, you just lift on those little handles on each sucker and they come right off. This is a really solid and well-made product. It is very adjustable for height and angle and after a day or so I got pretty comfortable with it. I'm sure it will take a month before it is completely familiar, but I already find it better than the foot rest. Here is what the playing position looks like:


So there you go: a recommendation to young guitarists is to give the guitar rest a try. In the long run it may be a better option.

Watching some videos on YouTube I saw this one of guitarist Tatyana Ryzhkova who seems to be using the same model guitar rest. She looks a lot prettier while doing it too...




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