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Aug 4, 2021 - 12:19:35 PM
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34 posts since 11/7/2020

Hi all.

I've been learning banjo for around 10 months now and loving every minute of it.
At first, I felt "awkward" in a sitting position, but put this down to the weight of the banjo...
I'd been sitting on a dining chair with a back on it, I tried to sit upright but still wasn't very comfortable.
I suffer from arthritis in my shoulders so have to sit with the banjo above my right knee.
What I found when sitting in this chair, due to my height, my right knee is quite high (or the seat is too low).

Today I had to try and resolve this problem... I tried out a kitchen stool which also has a back to it. This seat is around 8 inches higher than the chair... It was like a "light bulb moment"... Wow, it made a big difference.

Now that my right leg is stretched out a little, the banjo hangs straighter and doesn't tend to pivot on my right thigh and I'm feeling much more comfortable.

Just thought I'd tell my story cos if it helps another newcomer, great...

Aug 4, 2021 - 12:43:16 PM
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37 posts since 8/17/2014

Insights like this are always helpful!

Aug 4, 2021 - 1:13:41 PM
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2685 posts since 3/30/2008

I've used a "kitchen ladder chair" for 30 years. They are tall, & when I pull out the 2 steps they provide me w/ different positions for my legs, when I get tired of any one position. This also allows me to comfortably play my banjo in the classical guitar position .

Edited by - tdennis on 08/04/2021 13:15:05

Aug 4, 2021 - 2:59:20 PM

1078 posts since 2/6/2006


A drum stool can be a useful solution…adjustable & comfy

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/6608--gibraltar-6608-drum-throne

Edited by - rupickin5 on 08/04/2021 15:03:35

Aug 4, 2021 - 3:02:13 PM
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YellowSkyBlueSun

Virgin Islands (U.S.)

329 posts since 5/11/2021
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Combine that kitchen stool with a little foot stool and you'll be in ergonomic banjo posture heaven.

Aug 8, 2021 - 2:03:48 PM
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4320 posts since 12/6/2009

I have 3 favorite positions ....standing when playing with others. And any chair on the front edge of chairs. Doesn’t matter what, Living room, dining room, kitchen...even my swivel computer chair.......my favorite is ....I love to play on the bed with my legs stretched out and my back propped up against the head board with pillows.....and try to pick along with the bluegrass station on the TV....sometimes I’ll doze off for a moment or 2

Aug 11, 2021 - 9:38:58 PM

7 posts since 6/14/2016

I think this is actually a great topic. I'm in the midst building a banjo center man cave for playing and am finding myself spending an abnormal amount of time picking the perfect leather chair for this. I've determined it should be very comfortable but with a not too soft seat cushion, comfortable back support, with low arm support and a comfortable matching ottoman. Lots of time will be spent here.

Aug 11, 2021 - 10:13:21 PM

Paul R

Canada

14886 posts since 1/28/2010

When jamming, there isn't much choice of chairs, but that's not really a bother. I want to keep the banjo in a stable, upright position. I pull the strap taut down my back and lean back to jam it against the back of the chair. The banjo stays in the position I want. This works quite well for the heavy resonator banjo.

Aug 12, 2021 - 5:01:39 AM

5610 posts since 6/30/2020

quote:
Originally posted by overhere

I have 3 favorite positions ....standing when playing with others. And any chair on the front edge of chairs. Doesn’t matter what, Living room, dining room, kitchen...even my swivel computer chair.......my favorite is ....I love to play on the bed with my legs stretched out and my back propped up against the head board with pillows.....and try to pick along with the bluegrass station on the TV....sometimes I’ll doze off for a moment or 2


I agree 100% with the above recommended standing and seated on a chair positions which are my two favorites. It's important to maintain good, erect, posture. 
I tried the suggested bed position but I find that while being propped against the headboard is initially very comfortable, I eventually slide down in the bed, resulting in poor posture and an uncomfortable "wedgie" or "snuggie" which then prevents me from dozing off.

Two out of three ain't bad they say.

Edited by - Pick-A-Lick on 08/12/2021 05:02:17

Aug 12, 2021 - 5:39:49 AM

61 posts since 7/30/2013

When in a store, I often look at stools and arm-less chairs and think, "That would be a good banjo playin' thing." I usually just sit on a padded stool in my garage workshop, but then I need a break so I stand up and it feels good..... just musing

Aug 12, 2021 - 11:29:56 AM

824 posts since 1/21/2004

I like to sit in a sewing/nursing rocker when I pick.  A sewing/nursing rocker is a rocking chair without arms.  The sewing/nursing rocker I have in my living room is a low to the floor and it raises me knees.  This cradles the banjo nicely — the chair is very comfortable and if I’m waiting for someone to tune, think of a song, or tell a story, I can start rocking.  It is way cool.

I got my first sewing/nursing at a yard sale, when it wore out I made the one I use now.

 

YMMV

Heavythumb

Aug 12, 2021 - 2:08:43 PM
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Owen

Canada

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I second Mr. Thumb's nod to the nursing glider (?) rocker.   However, for the most part I'm with overhere, except I substitute a recliner for a bed.   It's comfy, most things [spare banjo, picks, swing-away arm for instructional books, foot rest, table for cup] are close at hand and to boot, the chair's arm and my leg provides a "look Ma, no hands" feature that effortlessly keeps things in position. 

[It's not part of the set-up, but my wife made a denim sleeve that slips over my suspenders to protect the resonator.]

I see only two drawbacks.... precious little talent and it's kinda inconvenient to take it  jammin' [although the former largely negates the need for the latter].




Edited by - Owen on 08/12/2021 14:09:58

Aug 12, 2021 - 5:11:57 PM

lanemb

USA

208 posts since 3/11/2018

I bought an office chair that has arms that flip up out of the way. That way I can sit at my desk computer where I have Strum Machine connected to speakers to play along with. I can swivel around to my music stand or iPad stand.

The bottom line is comfort and going easy on the back. Occasionally I play in my recliner however, I find the arm rests tend to get in the way a little.

I might have to try the drum stool. Could take that to my local jam. We sit around in folding chairs. They get a little hard on the hind parts after a couple hours.

Aug 13, 2021 - 3:39:39 AM
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Pjotor (Moderator)

Sweden

1103 posts since 1/31/2008

My rehearsal space has one of these IKEA stools which enables several positions.

My jam cave has been equipped with these folding stools also from IKEA and all jamgoers love them. I love them because they fold up and are easy to stow away.

Aug 14, 2021 - 8:56:58 AM

2604 posts since 4/5/2006

Armless rocking chairs, if you can find them, are good for home use. One of the SWBA members used to make the neatest camp stools for picking. Short or tall, packed real nice, even burned your name on them. Regret letting ours go with the trailer. 

Aug 15, 2021 - 10:45:19 AM

74914 posts since 5/9/2007

I always have my strap attached and this lets me sit in less than ideal chairs or stools.

Aug 15, 2021 - 1:39:27 PM

4320 posts since 12/6/2009

You guys just reminded me. We have an antique old piano stool in the attic. It has a spin top for height adjustment. It has fancy claw feet wrapped around glass balls. I’d probably look pretty cool pickin on that thing lol....Tomorrow maybe I’ll take a trip to my attic and test it out. If it works out I’ll get my son to take a picture and post it.

Aug 15, 2021 - 3:23:03 PM

74914 posts since 5/9/2007

One of my bands is seated and I've found the $12 WalMart stool to offer a good knee height when using the cross pieces under my foot.

Aug 15, 2021 - 7:30:38 PM

lanemb

USA

208 posts since 3/11/2018

quote:
Originally posted by heavythumb

I like to sit in a sewing/nursing rocker when I pick.  A sewing/nursing rocker is a rocking chair without arms.  The sewing/nursing rocker I have in my living room is a low to the floor and it raises me knees.  This cradles the banjo nicely — the chair is very comfortable and if I’m waiting for someone to tune, think of a song, or tell a story, I can start rocking.  It is way cool.

I got my first sewing/nursing at a yard sale, when it wore out I made the one I use now.

 

YMMV

Heavythumb


Would love to see a picture of your hand made rocker.

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