⬇Guitar posture ⬇

As a beginner having good guitar posture is one of the most important beginning steps. Sadly, learning proper guitar posture is often an afterthought to learning to play. Having bad posture can cause injury, difficulty in playing fast runs, bad tone and tire you out a lot faster.

In the video lesson down the page we’ll go in depth about guitar posture for both sitting and standing. It may not look cool but it will certainly help you play and practice for much longer making you a rockstar in no time! It's ok now and again to not have perfect posture but only for short periods of time.

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Guitar posture is important because: 

  1. It helps prevent physical strain: Good posture helps distribute the weight of the guitar evenly, reducing the risk of developing hand, arm, shoulder, or back pain. 
  2. It promotes proper hand technique: A correct posture enables the hands to reach the strings comfortably and with proper technique, improving the sound and speed of the player. 
  3. It enhances sound quality: A proper posture allows for the player to maintain optimal contact with the strings and guitar body, which enhances the resonance and sustain of the instrument. 
  4. It increases comfort and endurance: Good posture reduces fatigue and allows for longer practice and performance sessions. 

Therefore, maintaining good posture is essential for guitar players to play efficiently, accurately, and with a clear, resonant sound.

For playing the guitar sitting:  

Seat height: The seat should be high enough to allow the legs to be bent at a 90-degree angle at the knees.  
Back support: Keep your back straight and supported against the back of the chair or stool.  
Guitar position: Place the guitar on your right thigh, with the bottom of the guitar resting on your leg and the top of the guitar tilted towards you at a slight angle.  
Arm position: The right arm should be relaxed and positioned so that the hand can reach the strings easily.  
Foot position: Keep both feet flat on the ground or use a foot stool to support the right foot if necessary.  

For playing the guitar standing:  

Stand upright: Keep your back straight and maintain an upright posture.  
Guitar position: Hold the guitar close to your body, with the guitar strap positioned comfortably around the shoulder.  
Arm position: The right arm should be relaxed and positioned so that the hand can reach the strings easily.  
Foot position: Keep both feet shoulder-width apart, with the weight evenly distributed.  
Balance: Ensure that you have a stable and balanced posture, with the center of gravity over the balls of your feet.  

Note: Remember to adjust the posture and position as necessary to find the most comfortable and efficient setup for you.