If you’re wondering how to hold a guitar, you’re obviously at the beginning of this life-long journey of playing music on a guitar. So let’s start with this – it’s going to be hard sometimes! How to hold a guitar is an easy one, but get it right & it might be one of your best life hacks – especially if you’re thinking of music as a long-term pursuit. Which you should! Music is awesome! Anyway, speech over – let’s get on with it.
Here are 3 VERY simple steps you need to figure out how to hold a guitar:
A right-handed guitar means the guitar has the thickest string closest to your face, as you’re strumming with your right hand. If you’re left-handed, you would strum with your left hand – which means the neck would be pointing to your right when you’re playing the guitar. If the thinnest string is closest to your face, then you’re trying to play a right-handed guitar in left-handed fashion! Some lefties play like that, just because the only guitar they had around when they were a kid was a right-handed guitar. But if you have a choice, that’s not the way you want to do it! Play it the way the guitar was built. Then place the guitar with the inside of the hourglass shape on your leg – right leg if you’re right-handed, left leg for you lefties.
Place the inside of your elbow on the front corner of the body of the guitar, so that your strumming hand will generally fall in front of the sound hole comfortably.
This might be the most important part of this process, because a bad habit can end up costing you dearly, causing problems down the road like carpal tunnel syndrome, or just limiting what you can play. So here’s the secret for your fretting hand: DON’T WRAP YOUR THUMB AROUND THE NECK!
So many people do this wrong, and it’s such a limiter for a guitar player. With your thumb properly placed, you can change chords faster; you can more readily play some of the more challenging chords; it helps prevent hand fatigue – the list goes on. Instead of “wrapping” your thumb, place it on the back of the neck, just like the video. That one little technique hack will save you years of pain and heartache.
Now you know how to hold a guitar! That’s it for today! Thanks for watching!