Seven Steps for You to Properly Hold the Guitar
When you first get in touch a guitar, you probably don't know how to hold it properly. Here we have professional instructions for you to follow when you start learning to play the guitar.
Step 1: Find a comfortable chair without arms. This will give you more freedom to move around while you're playing the guitar.
Step 2: Place the guitar on the top of your right knee. If you were left handed, you would place the guitar on the top of your left knee.
Step 3: Tilt the guitar back towards you slightly. This limits the amount of stretching your left hand has to do while playing and therefore making the instrument easier to play than if it were tilted away from you.
Step 4: Your strumming hand should rest comfortably on the guitar in such a way that your wrist is poised right above the pickups (or sound hole on acoustics).
Step 5: The neck should be parallel to the floor. You will get the most comfort and playing versatility out of holding the guitar this way.
Step 6: Make sure that the thickest string is the string that's closest to you. This holds true for both right and left handed guitars.
Step 7: With your left hand (or right hand if you're left handed), place your thumb on the back of the guitar neck, right in the middle. This way, your fingers will curl around the neck easily and comfortably to put you in the correct playing position.
Then, you have to learn how to hold the pick. We have also offered you suggestions.Knowing the proper way to hold a guitar pick can make a big difference in how you play the guitar. While there are many different ways to hold a pick, Thomas will show you what many believe is the most common and effective method. Learn the basics of commanding a pick and you'll be one step closer to rocking out like a pro!
Step 1: Hold out your picking hand. Turn your hand over gently and let your fingers curl over naturally.
Step 2: Touch your thumb to the side of your index finger.
Step 3: Place your pick in between your thumb and index finger, and leave your thumb loose and slightly bent. See and follow along with the picture on the left.
The key is to keep your picking hand loose, without getting too lax that you let the pick fly out of your hand while strumming. The only fingers you need to hold a pick are your thumb and index finger.
Note that there are other ways to hold a pick. Remember that your comfort is important, so try to find an effective, comfortable way to hold your pick without sacrificing sound quality. For example, Eric Clapton holds his pick very loosely with the tips of two fingers, while Eddie Van Halen hold hist pick between his thumb and middle finger. For a beginner, these seem like ineffective ways to use a pick, but it varies for each guitarist.