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Holding the Guitar
Topic: For Beginners Subtopic: General Level: Beginner Number of Readers: 72780

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Holding the Guitar

The way you hold the guitar will be different depending what kind of guitar you are using. I'll start with how to hold an acoustic guitar.

To hold an acoustic guitar, curved indentation of the body should rest on one of your legs. If you're right handed, this usually means the right leg. The neck of the guitar will protrude to the left. The crook of your right arm should hook over the edge of your body, allowing your forearm to swing down in front of the strings. Over the sound hole(or near it) is where you will sound the strings. Your left arm should go underneath the neck. The thumb of your left hand will press against the back of the neck, and your other four fingers will be used to press down the strings on the fretboard.

Holding an electric guitar is almost the same, except I doubt you'll be able to let the crook of your right arm hook over the edge, because of the shape of the body. There's more of a tendency to slouch with an electric guitar, so try to keep your back fairly straight. If you're standing up and using a strap, remember not to let your guitar hang too low. I know it looks cool, but it makes it really hard to play anything. Once you get really good, then you can do whatever you want, for now, keep the strap short.

That's really all there is too holding a guitar. There's small details that aren't important right now, but might become very important later, depending on how technically proficient you wish to become. You'll probably end up changing the way you hold your guitar a couple of times during the course of your playing, so don't worry about getting it completely perfect right now.

Things to remember from this lesson:

1. The guitar rests on your leg if you are sitting down.
2. The right arm drapes over the edge of the body, and the forearm dangles down and is used to sound the strings.
3. The left arm goes under the neck, and the thumb of the left hand rests on the back of the neck, while the other fingers are used to push down the strings.
4. If you're using an electric guitar, don't slouch and don't let it hand down too low.



Questions
Question posted by gabriela on 2000-05-31
In holding the guitar, the thumb of the left hand that rests behind the neck usually ends up sideways resting parallel to the neck, it feels comfortable enough, but I have read in Mel Bay's chord book, that this is wrong yet he does not explain why. Will holding the guitar this way make more advanced playing difficult.(i'm still learning)
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Question posted by annette on 2000-07-17
I am left handed, and in this leason you say if you are right handed you put the guitar on your right leg, etc. do you just reverse everything for a leftie, or will that cause problems and I should try to learn right handed?
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Question posted by fgh on 2000-07-21
I like to hold the guitar beween my legs while naked...up and down strokes apply. up down up down...and so on P.S. please clean your guitar offen...
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Question posted by larry on 2000-08-18
how tight should i press the strings down on the fret.
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Question posted by Big_little-daddy on 2000-09-17
When I play the guitar I can play most things but it is hard for me to up and down strums is there any way I can work on it? And are there any practice techniques I can use for my hammer-on-pull offs?
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Question posted by ?? on 2001-01-25
How exactly do you put your left hand fingers on the guitar? Because my fingers always end up touching nearby strings and mute them while strumming.
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Question posted by Unknown on 2001-03-02
how do you keep the pick from falling into the stupid hole, or how do you get it out???? help!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Question posted by eh on 2001-04-09
prostitution agency? sluthole? whorehouse?
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Question posted by florence on 2001-06-30
may i know how long does it takes to learn playing guitar?? I wana learn how to play songs...
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Question posted by Unknown on 2001-10-08
why must jou hold a guitar that way?
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Question posted by Isadorea Martinez on 2001-10-31
I would like to use the hair off of my balls to weave a rug. Has anyone ever done this ?
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Question posted by RAD on 2001-11-25
I JUST HAVE DONE up MY ACOUSTIC GUITAR AND CONVERTED IT INTO an electric one with the use of a pick-up and what i wanted to know was if u could put a destortion to it?will it sound any good?
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Question posted by Luke on 2002-04-12
Why does my gibson guitar have water coming from under the fretboard?
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Question posted by mr. bojangles on 2003-01-28
I sowed one of my testicles to my inner leg...
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Question posted by Mohsin on 2003-09-13
When holding a barre chord i press my thumb against the neck of my acoustic i am able to play the chords but after sometime my thumb starts hurting. Why does this happen and does this have to do with the radius of my fretboard.
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Question posted by Holley on 2004-01-22
i am a very new beginner and i dont know anything about minors and majors and how to tune half steps down and stuff like that and im looking at the tabbs alot of people understand and i just go blank i dont understand anything unlesss it looks like this... E|----0-----7-------7---2-2--9------5 A|--2----5---9----7---8------9-3----- D|----------------------------------- G|----------------------------------- B|----------------------------------- E|----------------------------------- i think i understand that abou how i put any finger on the strings labeled eadgbe on the number of fret it says but what else do i do when it dont show it like thar? please i really need help!
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Question posted by Jennifer on 2004-04-16
How can I get notes ( not tabs ) on the net ???????? I can only read notes .....
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Question posted by Bryce on 2004-07-16
I just got my guitar its acoustic. Im left handed and in all the do I simply move the chord so that i dont hvae to do everything backwards from my lesson books
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Question posted by dan heflinger on 2004-11-29
what are the best scales to learn and why?
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Question posted by vijay on 2005-12-05
Can any one teach me how to hold a Acoustic Cutaway Guitar with a picture.... please help me.... this could help the beginners like me to understand it better...
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Question posted by chris on 2006-06-26
started to play the guitar three weeks bought a yamaha 130 but finding it really hard to play can anyone reccomend any easy guitar to play up to about £400-£600 havent got a clue what to buy
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