I recently lent my Ergoplay Guitar Support to a student and realized that it worked as ‘training wheels’ for the student’s guitar position. In other words, because guitar supports essentially put the guitar at approximately a 45 degree angle, the student automatically sits with the guitar in an optimal position. After two weeks of sitting properly the student, after returning to the footstool, wanted to sit with a good position. It showed the student the benefits of sitting properly and instilled a good habit without much effort from the student.
The picture below is not the student I mentioned but my student Sofia who worked on visual references with me. But as you can see the ergoplay pretty much did the job. Other supports would also work, such as the Gitano.
Maybe all students should start with a guitar support and then find their preferred method of elevating the guitar. The student I first mentioned has decided to stick with the footstool but her position has been great every since.
Teachers: What do you think ?