Before you start practicing an instrument, it is important to take good habits by adopting the right positions of hands, arms, back and legs in order to avoid small muscle pain. Guitar playing remains a physical activity, and many people have given up playing it simply because they never really learned how to hold their instrument. It is therefore important to take good habits from the start because it is difficult to get away with them.
The 2 most common positions are:
- The sitting game
- The standing game The
first thing to know is that you must first be DE-TEN-DU; -)
Nothing like one, but before you start, you must feel comfortable with your instrument. The more time you spend in a bad position (and this applies in any area - television, computer...), the more bad habits, when repeated, will have an impact on your health. Adopting a wrong position eventually becomes uncomfortable and causes small muscle pain, and it will slow down your progress sharply.
- Use a padded seat, but without armrests, which could damage your instrument and interfere with your movement.
- Always have your back straight.
- The feet are flat on the floor. Avoid crossing your legs, this will save you from deforming your spine (the ideal would be for your legs to form a 90-degree angle with the rest of the body).
- The guitar rests on the right thigh if you are right-handed or vice versa if you are left-handed.
- The right arm rests on the crate so that the fingers are perpendicular to the strings — except the thumb — and to the rosette.
- The left arm is removed from the body to facilitate movement on the sleeve.
Advantages: The weight of the instrument that rests on the thighs and avoids tension in the back.
The disadvantages: You can quickly take a wrong position and have your neck and back completely bent.
- Use a strap (do not hesitate to try several, as you try clothes in store, in order to find the right one).
- The neck of the guitar should be at an angle of 45 degrees to your body.
- The easel should be at the height of your waist, and the head of the guitar should be at the level of your shoulders.
Due to the weight and shape, you will not have the same impression if you use an electric or acoustic guitar. An electric guitar is, for example, much less voluminous than an acoustic guitar.
Advantages : The guitar is held by the strap and leaves you a great amplitude in your movements.
The disadvantages: Weight can quickly become a major concern, especially if you already have back problems. Don't be tempted to wear it too low (like a rock star), which can quickly cause pain and tension in the back.
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