We’ve all seen them. Eccentric guitarists who sag their guitar all the way down to their thighs and strum their strings in a low bow. Since we’re talking about professional rock stars, one must uphold this guitar playing style in order to play the guitar cleaner and faster. At least, that's what an inexperienced guitarist would think. Think again! We will explain below why a proper guitar posture, whether you’re standing or sitting, is fundamental to your success when playing.
Guitar posture when sitting
To optimize your training with Fretello Lead, and to practice as precisely and as efficiently as possible, correct posture is absolutely essential. Unnecessary tension, caused by a sloppy playing position, not only restricts the range of your hand movement but also obscures your stamina and accuracy when playing at high speeds/tempos. Would you let a faulty playing position limit your potential?
- Always use a guitar strap when in a seated position, so that your hands and arms are completely free when you’re playing. A sliding guitar costs strength and accuracy.
- Place the guitar on your left leg in order to allow your playing hand to move to all positions.
- Ideally, raise the leg on which the guitar is resting. This relaxes the foot.
- Put the guitar only on the right leg, when you still can play everything relaxedly.
Guitar posture when standing
Similar to when you’re seated, you should also be putting particular effort in the position of your guitar when standing. Thus you avoid any tension and allow your arm to move freely in order to play all pitches on your guitar. When playing in a standing position, you are without a doubt using a guitar strap, however, note the essential following points:
- The guitar should be hanging quite high. This way your playing hand is flexible and can play many octaves with precision.
- Hold the guitar, so that the neck of the guitar is inclined upward at a 30-degree angle.
- If you prefer to hold the guitar lower, place your foot on top of a box during difficult passages. This allows you to extend your playing hand.
- Vary the height of the guitar only once you’re positive that it won’t affect the quality of your playing. Many guitarists think it looks cool to play the guitar down at their knees, while some of the best play up high near their chest. Most come to a compromise and place their guitar somewhere around the middle, near their hips.
Good guitar posture not only serves the purpose of efficient and accurate guitar playing but also your health. Tendons and nerves in your fingers and arms, as well as your lower back, are unnecessarily stressed when you position your guitar too low.
As a guitarist, you are responsible to find an optimal and comfortable playing position that works for you. Our advice will help you. After all, it is our goal, to improve your skills and to efficiently and specifically advance your speed.
Once you handle your guitar the way John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert or Kirk Hammett do, no one will bother you about how efficient your playing posture is.