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J u n i o r
I n t r o d u c t i o n
8
Bandwagon Music Studios
HAND AND FINGER POSITIONS
1. Holding the Guitar.
Most of the time you will be practicing sitting down,
so let’s look at some helpful hints about sitting and
playing.
Of course try to sit comfortably. Sit up reasonably
straight so as not to get a sore back too quickly.
Firstly rest the body of the guitar on the same leg
as what “handed” guitarist you are e.g. if you are
right handed then rest the guitar on your right leg.
Use the curved part of the body of the guitar to
rest on your leg. This will stop the guitar from
sliding sideways off your leg.
You will also need to stop the guitar from sliding off
your leg towards the floor. Do this by raising your
knee so that it is higher than your hip. Now the
guitar will slide into your body. You can raise your
knee by putting your feet on some sort of stool on
the floor e.g. telephone book or a box. Many people
cross their main leg over their other leg to get the
knee higher.
Tilt the guitar back towards your body a little so
that it easy to see what you are doing.
Both of these photos show the guitar on a raised leg so that the guitar will slide back
into the body – it won’t slide off the leg and become a nuisance.