The 20th Century to Today
Really only within the past few decades there has been a greater emphasis on ergonomics in guitar technique. (Though it should be kept in mind Sor and Carcassi were champions of this approach nearly two hundred years ago!) In part, this approach has arisen in response to the pain and discomfort the footstool caused in performers for decades now. Because the footstool raises one leg while the other stays flat on the ground, the sit bones at the pelvic floor become misaligned, which can cause discomfort, pain, and even injury in the lower back. This is especially true with frequent use over a long period of time.
The Guitar Support
Thus was born the guitar support. These devices provided the necessary support for the guitar to get in a proper position while both feet are flat on the ground. Guitar supports take tension away from the pelvis and lower back. When guitar supports like the A-Frame and Ergoplay first hit the market, they instantly provided relief to those who had experienced pain using the footstool.
Today there are many different kinds of supports: those that attach with suction cups, those with magnets, those that clamp onto the body of the instrument, and even one which is a cushion placed between the guitar and the leg. Each is unique and has advantages and disadvantages, so it’s up to each individual to choose the support that fits them best.
Whichever you choose, we highly recommend using a support that allows both feet to be flat on the ground to avoid the pain and discomfort that can inevitably come with use of the footstool.
Pros vs Cons of the Footstool and the Guitar Support