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Old 11-19-2017, 12:05 AM   #1
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Hiya,
I made a post here a couple of years ago that no one would remember regarding my damaged guitar and then I mysteriously left.
Long story short, I was gifted a new acoustic guitar, and I've been kinda sorta try'n to learn in-between long periods of lack of motivation and/or just general, pointless anxiety.
So although I've had it for a couple of years now, I still really have no idea what I'm doing.
But the question is, what is the correct way to hold it so you can play efficiently without causing pain or discomfort?
How should the weight of the guitar be distributed?
Which arm is suppose to stabilise and support the guitar?
Should your back be straight or bent
Should you have the neck of the guitar closer to the front of you or the body of the guitar? Or the top bout? Or what?

If there's only one thing I've learnt, is that there are many different ways that people play the guitar, so how do you know what the right way is for you?
Being somene that doubts themselves alot, I find it very confusing.

Err... thanks anyway.

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Old 11-19-2017, 12:21 AM   #2
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Basically what ever is comfortable and doesn't hamper your free movement. Youtube some people playing, then you can see
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I practice seated in the classical position:

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Old 11-19-2017, 02:39 AM   #4
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I 2nd the 2nd post.
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Old 11-19-2017, 04:25 AM   #5
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I only play seated. The classical position is the most efficient ergonomically, some flamenco players used the crossed leg position (look up Paco de Lucia). I'm comfortable with the right knee position, but some aren't.
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Old 11-19-2017, 03:01 PM   #6
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"Correct" is an opinion. There is no law of physics that specifies what "correct" is. Hold it any way that you like.
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Old 11-21-2017, 08:49 AM   #7
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Everybody is correct on this issue. With that said, if you watch someone burning it up, they will almost always hold the guitar body fairly high up. The angle of the neck will almost always be slanted upward like the picture of the guy playing Classical. I usually cross my right leg over my left and rest the waist on my right leg. However, it is considered more correct to cross the left leg over the right leg and the waist rests on the left leg. What that does is forces the body toward the right and keeps the neck closer to you which allows working in the lower frets easier. The lower frets means near the tuners.
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Old 11-21-2017, 08:38 PM   #8
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The correct way is what's comfortable for you. Honestly there is no right or wrong way if you are happy with it.
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Old 11-21-2017, 11:42 PM   #9
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The correct way is what's comfortable for you. Honestly there is no right or wrong way if you are happy with it.
That's right. I got ready to go for the laugh and say that you hold the guitar in front of you with the strings facing out.
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Old 11-22-2017, 03:01 AM   #10
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That's right. I got ready to go for the laugh and say that you hold the guitar in front of you with the strings facing out.
Well that explains the dry thumping sound.
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