How To Hold The Guitar For Best Results

Now this is a question that I get very often from Beginners guitarists, however the answer to this question is as important if not more for guitar players of all levels... I have personally experienced different guitar sitting positions and how much of an impact it can have over the speed at which you can progress...


Watch the video below to find out my views on the best way to hold the guitar during practicing and playing to speed up your progress...




So here is a summary of the points covered in the video, if you haven't watched it yet....




There are generally 2 ways of holding the guitar while sitting and practicing. One is the most common way of placing your guitar on top of your right thigh... as seen in the image on the left...







The other one which is also known as the Classical guitarists sitting position, where you place your guitar on Top of your Left thigh, while the back of the guitar body is resting against your right thigh, as seen in the image on the right...


When it comes to technique, I believe that everybody has a preference, and you should stick to what feels most comfortable or natural to you, but I've tried both these positions over a long period of time and found significant improvement in my playing by switching to the classical guitarist's sitting position, due to the following reasons...


  • The fretboard is right in-line with your eyes, so you don't have to crank your neck trying to look at it.. This is particularly important if you are a beginner guitarist

  • The shoulders are level and there is no elevation in your right shoulder which can lead to unnecessary muscle tension, that impacts the speed at which you can play.

  • The torso is straight, which allows me to practice for longer duration without any discomfort in my spine or lower back

  • And most importantly, when I stand and play, there's hardly any difference to the way the guitar is held in my hands, allowing me to play effortlessly whether I'm seated or standing,

Besides the above very important reasons, this position is generally more relaxed and natural for me, now that I've been playing this way for a while... I remember having to struggle with neck and lower back pain during my first 2 to 3 years of playing, when I used to hold the guitar like most people do...


Now that we've seen how this position benefits your guitar progress... let's see how you can easily get into this position...


As you see in the image, the players left foot is elevated using a simple equipment known as the foot stool. These are cheap and one of the best investments you can make for your guitar progress... If you can't buy it right away, you can still elevate your left foot using any piece of equipment like a baby stool or a box...

Once the foot is elevated, place the guitar comfortably between your 2 legs, where the back of the body will be resting against your right thigh, and the neck side of the body will be resting on your left thigh... The directions mentioned are for right handed players, so you can make the adjustments accordingly if you play a left handed guitar...

Use a strap and have the guitar in the same position while sitting, as it is going to be if you were standing and playing it...


So if you are a complete beginner, I highly recommend you get started with this sitting position, while if you are an intermediate player, then I suggest you try this position for a week or two and I guarantee that it'll start feeling more natural than what you are doing right now...


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