Guitar Lessons for Beginners: Proper Positioning and Posture is Key!

Everyone has their own challenges, whether you have a small hand or a big one, short fingers or long ones. But for most people, probably including you, there’s no telling where to start.

So that’s what this post is all about. Before you start playing the guitar, you need to know how to hold and tune a guitar.

Often, you’ll find guitarists playing like they don’t care about their positioning or posture, but that’s a HUGE mistake. Here’s how to do it right.

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When sitting down

Keep your back straight while your two feet are on the floor. Also, put the waist of the guitar on your right leg.

When positioning your fingers

Rest the thumb of your fretting hand behind the guitar’s neck, and take note, it should be between your first two fingers. All of the knuckles in your hand should also be bent.

After that, the tip of your fingers should be pressed down the strings as close to the fret as possible without actually touching the fret.

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When placing your right hand

Rest the upper part of your arm on the upper part of the guitar, and remember to relax your right hand above the sound hole.

Final Thoughts

Position and posture are often neglected by many guitarists, mainly because they don’t notice any adverse effects in doing so. But spending all your time playing the guitar with the wrong posture and positioning can affect not only your performance, but can also have long-term effects such as joint pain in the fingers, or back pain.

Beginner’s Ultimate Buying Guide for Guitar Accessories

There are countless factors that might affect the way your guitar sounds, that’s why whether you like it or not, you need to buy guitar accessories.

As is usually the case to buyers, you’ll sometimes feel like being scammed because of low-quality but expensive stuff or lucky because of high-quality but cheap products. But it’s very difficult to know which is which.

So, I’m sure you want to experience the latter, and that’s what we’ll talk about today, your ultimate buying guide so that you’ll know which among the cheap options the high-quality one is.

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Guitar

First and foremost, let’s talk about what to look for when buying a guitar, since it’s the most important piece there is when playing a “guitar”.

For starters, don’t buy it online! Go to the store and see it for yourself. Why? Because you’ll have to do some things to check the guitar.

One is measuring the distance of the string from the neck. With that said, bring a ruler and check if the distance is between 3 to 4 mm.

Here’s another tip, we recommend you buy second-hand guitars because they sound better than most.

Strings

When choosing which strings, you’ll use, it seems that it’s unnecessary to take your time choosing, but it’s actually going to change the sound of your guitar, in several ways.

So, if you’re ever going to buy strings, you need to buy those that are 0.010 inch thin or lighter gauge strings. They are easier to play and clean, but they’re easy to break. Nonetheless, they produce the best sound.

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Picks

Different picks are made from different materials, have various thicknesses, shapes, and of course, sizes. Here’s the best pick we recommend:

Shape: Sharp with lead guitar, round with rhythm guitar.

Thickness: Thick with lead guitar, thin with rhythm guitar.

Material: Nylon and celluloid, through and through.

Size: Of course, it’s up to you but we recommend smaller since big ones tend to interfere with your strumming.

Strap

When buying a strap, don’t worry about the quality or anything like that. Just settle for what looks great to you. It won’t affect the sound of your guitar.

Final Thoughts

This is for when you are starting out and until you become a pro. However, you’ll see guitarists just picking the best-looking one. This is a HUGE mistake and make sure you prioritize quality over beauty.