Notes On The 1st String

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IMPORTANCE OF GOOD HAND POSITIONWhen you sit down to practice, especially in the beginning stages of learning, you should always pay close attention to hand and arm position. Why? because you're developing habits right now. Practice good habits and you'll learn much faster in the long-run. Refer to the pictures to the right. Notice that the left hand is free to play. In other words, you shouldn't hold the neck of the guitar up by using your right hand. Use the right arm (inside of the right elbow as pictured to the right) to support the guitar.

MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELFEverything you do regarding technique should contribute to making playing as comfortable as possible. You need to be able to curve your left wrist and place your thumb against the back of the guitar neck as counter-pressure for you fingers. For this reason, you should avoid allowing the guitar to slip and tilt back as if to lay it in your lap. This makes it more difficult to reach around the neck correctly. Instead, if you need to see the neck for finger-placement, you should lean forward with your head and look over the top of the neck instead of laying the guitar down.LEFT HANDStudy the images of the student's hand below to get an idea of what good left hand position looks like.

RIGHT HANDTry to avoid touching your right-hand pinky to the body of the guitar for reference. This might give you a sense of security but it will restrict the natural movement of your wrist. Practice getting the "feel" of your right hand sort of "floating" over the strings while using small, tight pick-strokes and a relaxed wrist-motion.

Be sure to take a look at the lesson entitled Notes In 1st Position because it gives a good overview of all the natural notes on all 6 strings in the first position.





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