How to Hold a Guitar (Beginner Lesson)

by IanM on September 23, 2010

I would say, hold your guitar however it feels comfortable. The thing most people will do at the start is to rest their guitar on their right leg (if you are right handed).

Guitar resting on the right leg while seated

The reason for this I think is because it just makes it easier to press the chords when you’re starting out as the head of the guitar is within easy reach and not sticking far out to the left.

Sometimes I will rest it on the left leg if I’m playing lead as it gives me easier reach up and down the neck however these rules are NOT written in stone.

Guitar resting on the left leg while seated

I just do what feels comfortable and you should do the same.

When standing up and playing, make sure your strap isn’t too loose and you need to twist your wrist to play the chords.

The loose strap low position is harder as you need to curl your wrist more to play the chords. Not recommended for beginners.

For beginners, it’s easier to play with a tighter strap so you can reach the chords easily.

Tighten up the strap so the neck is higher up and easier to reach. Wrist does not need to curl so much so chords are easier to press.

How you hold the guitar is not as crucial as some people and teachers make it out to be. As long as you can reach and play the chords easily, you’re on the right track.

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