HOW TO HOLD YOUR GUITAR

SITTING

It is important to be comfortable. Most guitarists will sit with the guitar across there leg and pressed close to the body. The guitar should be in a verticle position and not at an angle. If your guitar is at an angle, it may be a bit easier to see what you are doing at first but can cause you problems when you try playing stood up and can lead to bad posture (bad back) and bad technique.

Classical guitarists, use classical posture, the guitar sits on the same leg as your fretting hand.

The more conventional way (for non classical players) is to place the guitar on the same leg as your strumming hand.

Some players also like to have there leg raised slightly using a footstool.

Conventional way to sit
(for non classical players)
Conventional way to sit
(for non classical players)
Edit Column Guitar flat against body
not at angle

Conventional way to sit
(for non classical players)

Conventional way to sit
(for classical players)

Guitar flat against body not at angle

STANDING

When playing stood up it is a good idea to have your strap set up so that the guitar is in the same postion as when you are sat down. This will help you transition from playing sat down to standing up a bit easier.

POSTURE

Some advise that I was given (and ignored) and that I share with all my students (often ignored) is to try and have as good posture as you can whist practicing.  Practicing for hours and hours with an arched back, tense shoulders and crooked neck takes its toll and can cause problems for you in the future.

Keep your back straight.

Keep your shoulders relaxed

Keep your neck straight.

Often people do these things because they are straining to see what they are doing whilst playing.

My main tip for this is to practice in front of a mirror. This may seem a bit strange at first, but you will be able to see what you are doing clearly and you will be able to observe your technique so that you can make adjustments if you are not doing things correctly.

Keep your back straight. Keep your shoulders relaxed Keep your neck straight.

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