Posture (for Guitarists)

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When you play guitar, there are some handy rules of thumb you should follow regarding posture. Good posture might feel like an annoyance when you first try to get into the habit, but it’ll really pay off in the long run if you plan to play for long periods (like at the 2 hour shows on your world tour!).
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Guitar Fretting Hand

Fretting Notes on Guitar

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Experiencing annoying buzzes and rattles as you play? It’s highly likely you aren’t fretting notes correctly. There’s one simple trick to getting clean notes to sound out on your guitar. It all depends on where you’re pressing on the string.

To fret a note, follow these two steps…
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Holding a Pick

Holding Your Pick

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When you first start playing, you may find yourself dropping your pick a lot. It’s a frustrating occurrence that all beginner guitarists have to put up with. Eventually, you’ll be able to spin your pick around as you play with no worries of dropping it. But to get to that point, you have to remember one key thing: hold your pick loosely.

Do not put a death grip on your pick! Not only does that make strumming really tough, it can lead to tension issues down the road (make sure to keep your fretting hand relaxed, too!).
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Strumming Technique

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When you first try strumming with a pick, it’ll probably feel awkward and stiff. And that’s exactly the opposite of what you want! The key to proper strumming technique is to relax. Grip the pick loosely, make sure you don’t hug your elbow in, and keep your wrist nice and loose.
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Getting Started on Guitar

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Just started playing guitar? This mini series is a great place to start! No matter what your goals are as a musician (speed shredder or simply rhythm), we all have to start in the same place: with these basic chords, progressions, and techniques to get us going.

The Four Chords


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