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Old 09-23-2012, 08:11 PM
RWG RWG is offline
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Holding a classical guitar flat against your belly will dampen the sound. The classical guitar is held the way it is held in order to get the best sound out of it.
If you are using a bridge pickup and amp then this might not be a concern. Stage performers in a pop or country band often plug in and want to roam around with the rest of the band so they will use a strap. The onstage antics are part of the show. Solo classical artists like David Russell or Ana Vidovic hold the guitar in the manner that allows the best acoustic sound. The back is not dampened. I use a dynarette cushion and find the position very comfortable, but I do not have any back issues.
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