Do you ever wonder what the professionals do to get to where they are?
They were all beginners guitar players once upon a time. You can start at any age and make considerable progress on the guitar. We are going to address some of the “tricks” you can use to make your playing sound more professional and improve faster on the guitar.
Having Persistence For Playing The Guitar Long Term
While you are learning the guitar, at any stage of your learning, you must have persistence. You must keep going even when it gets tough, and you need to be pig-headed about it. There are so many skills when you first start that you need to develop. Including getting your brain working with your fingers and your wrists and building strength. Initially, until your brain has worked out those things, progress can seem slow. Sometimes you are just having a bad day, or a bad week or a bad year where you haven’t had to chance to play as much as you have wanted.
You have to still keep going.
It is only a failure if you give up, if you keep going on. You will keep improving under the right instructions and training. The only difference between people who can’t play the guitar and people who can is that those who can’t give up.
Sitting Comfortable With Your Guitar
A lot of beginner guitar players struggle to know how to sit with their guitars. They worry about where they should place their hips and legs and shoulders. Another big problem is that when they go from playing sitting down to standing up, they struggle as it feels unnatural. We are going to help you solve this issue.
By sitting comfortably, you will save yourself from having tension and back pain in the future. I have seen many advanced guitar players who struggle with their posture and have a lot of technique and tension issues now because they didn’t resolve this early on. So let’s make sure that doesn’t happen to you.
Most people when they sit with a guitar, they have it on their right leg. (If you are right-handed). And the guitar is laying horizontally across them. What this does is that it then requires your body to curl over to provide additional support to make sure your guitar doesn’t move all over the place. This then creates extra tension in your back.
Going from this position to standing up as well is very different. The guitar has just gone across your body into an entirely new position to you. Your brain now has to reconfigure your hands in the new place and work out how to play the frets from an entirely different angle for your wrists and fingers. So that’s twice the work you need to put into practice to make sure you play fluently in both positions.
How To Solve This?
We are going to solve this by first shifting your guitar to your left leg. (if you are right-handed). And the first method we are going to use involves a footstool. We are going to place the stool below your left leg to raise that knee up. If you don’t have a footstool, you can use a few books that you don’t mind putting your feet on. You will see how the curve of your guitar should sit nicely on your left leg.
Make sure the angle of your guitar is not horizontal but at an angle where the headstock is now in line with your eyes. The guitar should sit comfortable (and you should too), with no hands supporting it at all. It might feel a bit strange initially. A good way to practice is to sit like this for a few minutes every day, getting used to not having to hold the guitar with your hands at all.
You will notice that this position is the same as the position that guitar would be in when you are playing standing up. This means that your hands are already comfortable playing at that angle and it will save you a lot of time practising to make you feel comfortable in both positions.
Alternative method to ease tension
An alternative method to achieve the same effect is to use a guitar strap. Have the strap on short enough that the guitar sits above the legs and in the same position it would be if you were standing up.
If you are playing a guitar that is relatively light, this works great. If you do have a heavy guitar, I would recommend having it on your leg instead. So that you don’t have that weight on your back if you are practising for extended periods of time. It’s useful to keep both options open so you can switch if your guitar does get too heavy.
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