How To Hold Your Guitar - Beginners Guide to Guitar Episode 3
How should you be sitting and holding your guitar to make it easier to play? We see a lot of bad habits when students start playing the guitar, holding it so they can see their hands. This is a bad routine to get into and it will cause you a lot of discomfort. If you have to look where you are going, our best advice is to practice in a mirror!
Don't let your guitar slouch when you are sitting or laying on your lap. This causes your hand to have to reach all the way around the neck and you won't be able to play properly. Make sure that it is held in tight to your body with your feet flat on the floor. If you cannot sit with your feet solid on the ground, get a box or something to place under your feet to elevate them.
Your left hand (or right for our left handed friends) should never be above the neck of the guitar. Keep your thumb behind the neck.
Jack Mitchell, owner and music director of The Music Depot in Ontario, Canada has been teaching music for over 37 years. He has owned The Music Depot for 25 years, and has seen it all when it comes to reasons why students have troubles when they first start learning to play guitar. Follow this seven part series and overcome each challenge as you go.
Episode 1 - Why is Guitar so Hard?
Episode 2 - Choosing a Guitar
Episode 3 - How to Hold Your Guitar
Episode 4 - Using a Guitar Pick
Episode 5 - Knowing your Guitar Parts
Episode 6 - What is Guitar Action?
Episode 7 - Easy Open Strings
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