How do you people play with your straps so damned low?
Yeah, I must agree, it does take a little bit to adapt (especially legato technique) to playing with a lowered strap height. As twohands mentioned, it definitely looks a lot better.
I think I play at about the 'right-angle' height. For me, if it's any noticeable amount lower, it's unplayable; any higher and the "image" factor disappears fast. :laugh: You can get away with it if you're not the star of the show (e.g., Eric Caudieux on the LISF DVD) but for someone like Joe Satriani, or Steve Vai, playing 'low' is a must.
It's just a matter of getting accustomed to the guitar being a little lower. Although I do have one tip: if you practice sitting down and then play/gig standing up, naturally it's going to be harder. I never paid attention to it, but through all the time I've been developing my chops, I've always played/practiced standing up. It gives me a more authentic "stage" feel. LOL *Maybe if you practice with the strap lower when there's no audience, it'll feel more natural when there is.
I can't stand straps that are too high. It doesn't look "cool" and actually hinders my playing. It's like the guitar is right in my face!