In the first section of this lesson you’ll learn how to establish a good playing position so you can avoid unnecessary fatigue. You’ll also learn how to hold a pick and play a down strum. During the second part you’ll learn how the fretboard is set-up and get some warm-up exercises to prepare you for playing.
- Use the Warm-up & Coordination Skills tab to build strength, dexterity and calluses.
- Know how to play whole steps and half-steps on the guitar.
- Strive for clarity of tone and a steady, even motion as you play.
- Press down hard on the string using the tip of your finger just behind your fingernail.
- Set aside a specific time and place where you can practice everyday and be free from other distractions.
Develop an awareness of your posture and position when playing guitar. Remember to keep the tip of the pick pointing upward and strum smoothly across all six strings.
- Keep the head stock of your guitar slightly elevated (level at minimum)
- Keep both your hands in a cupped position with your knuckles relaxed
- Keep the center of the guitar body near to the center of your own body
- Keep your shoulders straight
- Keep the elbow of your fretting hand close to your side and bent at approximately a 90 degree angle
- Keep the elbow of your strumming hand near the back of the guitar body so that you hand is positioned directly over the sound hole
- Electric guitar players should position their hand near the center of the guitar body
- Do not strum on the neck of the guitar at this stage
- Avoid playing with tension in your hands, arms, shoulders or back.
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