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Why did he hold his guitar so high?
2 July 2013
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Into the Sky with Diamonds
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Good post there, Rick M; welcome!

As Parlance says, Gerry of Gerry and the Pacemakers would hold his guitar chest high as did a number of other performers.

Then at the other extreme, you had Stones’ bass player Bill Wyman holding his guitar waaaay down

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22 July 2013
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I remember playing the first Guitar Hero game, on the loading screen would come up hints and tips for the game. My favorite was Do not wear your guitar above your waist, You are not a Beatle!

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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
 

Then at the other extreme, you had Stones’ bass player Bill Wyman holding his guitar waaaay down

  

Bill Wyman used to hold his bass almost vertical!  The style where it looked cool to wear the guitar slung down low came to be later, Jimmy Page was an early example.  I’ve always thought it was easier to play guitar when it was held higher, holding it low was solely about the cool factor IMO lol.  But then, like John, my eyesight is bad too, so maybe there’s some correlation.

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The trick is to position the guitar so that you don’t have to bend your wrists as you’re playing. That way lies Repetitive Strain Injury. I’ve been playing bass about six months, having noodled on acoustic for years. I kept shifting it down and down until I found the right level (surprisingly much lower than for the acoustic — but it is a very different shape)

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