Guitar foot stools are standard equipment for classical guitar players. However, even non-classical players benefit from using a foot rest for playing guitar.
Here are some advantages of using a footstool:
- It places the guitar in the best position to play
- You can play with better posture and less body tension
- It helps hold the guitar securely without creating body tension while “hanging on” to the guitar
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Which type of Guitar Foot Stool is Best?
Watch the video below to understand which type of guitar foot stool is best for you. It will help you to understand the advantages of the various types available. You can also see an example of a simple way to make your own!
Why do you need a Foot Stool?
Many players hold and balance a guitar without the need of a foot stool. So why do you need one?
In my experience, even though I can play without one while sitting down, it’s easier to play if I use one. You can use a foot stool either under the left or right foot depending on the type of guitar.
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Checkout this On-Stage Stands footstool featured in the video. It’s affordable and has good ratings.
An acoustic 6-string guitar typically sits on the right knee. Whereas, a Classical Guitar, which has a smaller body and shorter neck, sits well on the left knee.
Whether you are strumming chords, playing classical guitar, or playing a lead guitar part, a foot stool helps you to keep control of your instrument.
This link is for a Tetra-Teknica Essentials Series GFR-01, one of the featured foot stools in the video. It has a wide foot area and is affordable.
German engineering is famous, and this K&M 14670 Guitar Footrest is a German made footstool that I would expect to be functional and durable.
What’s so Good About Wooden Stools?
Although metal foot stools often take up the least amount of space, wooden guitar foot stools are a little nicer. A wooden foot rest feels better and more stable than a riveted steel foot rest. They also fold but they need to be a little thicker to hold the same weight as a metal stand.
Take a look at some of the options below.
Aesthetics are also important, even with footstools. If you are willing to pay a little more for something that looks and feels better, you can even choose the TYPE of wood. Take a look at this Black Walnut Solid Wood Guitar Foot Stool.
Bamboo is a popular wood these days from floors to cutting boards. Here is a link to a Solid Bamboo Footstool. If it were mine I would be cautious about putting my whole weight on it like they show in their pictures!