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.