The Jamorama Free Guitar Coach : Lesson One

Posted on April 6, 2009. Filed under: GuitarTips |

We will start by getting you set up on your guitar. If you’ve already covered holding your guitar, sitting and standing positions and holding a pick then feel free to more on to part 2 of this lesson.

Part One – Getting into Position

Sitting Positions

There are two sitting positions for holding the guitar; classical and casual.

1. Pick up the guitar and make sure that the guitar body is supported by your leg.
2. Position yourself at the edge of your chair.
3. Ensure that your back is relaxed but straight.
4. Lean the guitar back towards you slightly.

Standing Position

1. Pick up the guitar and place the strap over your shoulder. Adjust the strap so that the guitar is positioned mid-body.
2. Use your left hand to support the neck of the guitar.
3. Rest your right hand over the bridge of the guitar.

 

Hand Positions

It is important that you relax your wrists and hands. Straining them can cause injury.

   
   

Fretting

When you play the guitar, you use your left hand fingers to press down the strings on the fret board of the guitar and use your right hand to pluck or strum the stings at the bridge end of the guitar. Using your left hand to press the strings on the fret board is called fretting. Here are some tips you will need to know:

1. Short fingernails are essential.
2. Use only the tips of your fingers to press the strings.
3. When making a chord, be sure that each fingertip is placed directly behind the fret.
We will cover chords in lesson one.
4. Check each string that it rings clearly and is not muted or buzzing.

As a beginner guitarist, it may hurt your fingers to play. This is normal. Every guitarist starts this way for the first couple of weeks. With practice, you will develop guitar fingers (hard skin on your fingertips).

Holding the Pick

Position the pick between thumb and index fingers like in the diagram below:

 

 


Time to take a break

Well done, you’ve just completed the first part of this newsletter.

Take a few minutes to reinforce what you’ve just learnt.

Coming Up

– Learn about chords
– Start using the A and D Major chords

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