Guitar Positioning

Right guitar positioning is the one that feels natural and comfortable to you, your muscles are relaxed and there's no any unnecessary tension.
Especially often beginner guitar players highly lift their shoulders in tension and cannot actually see it.

The best way to learn to hold the guitar is to watch yourself at the mirror and adjust all the tensions. It's also worthwhile to do when you'll begin playing, for some time in order to gain good habits.

I recommend to learn playing in both a sitting and a standing position.

Playing in the sitting position is easier but standing guitarist looks more impressive and has freedom for actions, he can jump, run around the stage, lean... Just imagine a guitar player that sitting all the time at the rock concert :) sitting guitar positioning standing guitar position

While sitting, I used to put the guitar on my left leg as in classical positioning, because I first started to play classical guitar. But many folks find it more comfortable to put an electric guitar on the right leg like in the picture below.

guitar positioning on the right leg

If you choose to play in classical position, put some hard stuff beneath the left foot, it can be a footstool, piece of wood, or couple of thick books. This makes playing much more comfortable.


Whenever you play, your hands must not help to hold the guitar, they should be free to play.
When you stand, use a guitar strap to hold the instrument.
The strap goes from the top strap peg, via your left shoulder, diagonally across your back and returns to the second peg on the guitar.
Avoid putting the strap straightforward over the head like a neck chain, it's heck as uncomfortable and looks stupid :)))


Now when you got acquainted with the guitar positioning let's put the hands on the guitar. The left hand is the fretting hand and the right hand is the picking hand.

If you play left-handed guitar, everything in positioning becomes reversed.
Flip the instrument in the way that the guitar headstock would be looking to the right, your fretting hand will be the right hand and the picking hand will be the left hand.

Click here to learn about Fretting Hand Position

or here for Correct Holding the Guitar Pick


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• How to Hold a Guitar

  Fretting Hand Positioning

  How to Hold a Guitar Pick