I've been doing more of my "learning" using the strap and standing for a couple of reasons:
a) By letting the strap handle the holding of the mando, I've
been able to free up my left and right hands more, which
increases my speed and freedom on both hands.
b) I find that keeping my mando level to the floor forces me
to adjust the way I address the neck for chords.
Question: I've noted that a number of accomplished players get into a kind of "machine gun" posture with their mandolins and from time to time during a performance, will adjust their mando back to that position should it wander.
So, in essence, they are moving around on the neck in a "North-South" style, (toward and away from the body) as opposed to the East-West movement that is so typical of the guitar, (for me as well).
Am I imagining things or is it actually "better" to be in a "machine gun" position rather than an "across the body" posture with the mandolin, unlike the guitar?