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Most important is to keep my shoulders/back relaxed and level.
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You hit the nail on the head with the level comment. When standing, my shoulders are much more level than when normally seated, especially with a big guitar. When seated, my posture is less than ideal, and I am not particularly tall. Put it all together and my right shoulder sits higher than my left. As a side note, I had an odd right shoulder problem about a year ago that was pretty severe, but thankfully went away… that might have been the culprit. Anyway, when I go to a classical position, that right shoulder higher problem goes away. I don’t play real well out of that position (it’s been years since I sat that way much), but I suspect with very little time I would adjust. With the guitar on my right leg, sitting up straighter helps. That’s probably going to be a big help. Maybe not necessarily for the movement I am trying to eliminate, but certainly for the even bigger problem of having a shoulder so dysfunctional I couldn’t play at all.
As I have played with my seated position as a result of the comments, I think a big part of the movement is coming from my left hand technique (as it pertains to the particular sequence I posted). To correct it, I think I would need to move my thumb more behind the neck. When I am in the more stable classical seated position, I still get some movement (but it is improved). I’ll keep playing with it.
That little campfire guitar was an absolute steal. It’s a shame the saddle was mis-located. It wouldn’t be a problem for playing first position, but still… why couldn’t they locate it right in the first place? I am amazed at how many guitars that are much more expensive have the saddle too close to the nut. If you really get attached to the guitar, I’d be inclined to move the saddle. Hopefully there is enough room between the saddle and bridge pins to do it without moving the bridge pin holes and all that entails. Still, even with the intonation (that’s just us nitpicking), that’s fun looking little guitar. Nice buy!
Thanks for the post.