It’s really important to get comfortable with holding your guitar if you want to play the instrument properly. The video below will quickly go over some of the fundamentals you need to familiarize yourself with if you wish to hold the guitar properly, and give you a good visual of what you should be doing.
As stated in the video it’s all about what’s comfortable and feels natural to you. You can either stand or sit when you’re playing the guitar, but it’s definitely more comfortable to sit if you plan on spending a good amount of time practicing. If you plan on performing you should also practice standing up as well.
Like he says in the video every guitar has a curve in it you can use to prop the guitar on your right leg. You will hold the guitar with your right upper arm to allow the right hand to sweep the strings in front of the soundhole or pickups easily.
Like he says, it’s best to pull the guitar in to your body so it’s comfortably snugged against your chest. You don’t want the guitar pressed tightly against your chest or it might restrict your playing abilities.
When he talks about placing the body of the guitar on your left leg this is what most classical guitarists do when playing. If you’re playing a classical guitar you should also try to elevate your left leg about 4 to 6 inches on a small stool so you can pull the instrument even closer to your body.
For the guitarists that plan on performing you should definitely learn to hold your guitar and play it while standing. In the video he talks about using a guitar strap, which is very useful because it will allow you to balance the guitar much easier.
If you’ve never used a guitar strap before it’s pretty easy to set up. All you need to do is attach the strap to the end pin of your guitar and attach the other end of the strap to the neck near the tuning pegs. Never tie the trap around the neck because this could effect your ability to fret the guitar in a negative way.
When you’re holding the guitar while standing you should make sure your fretting hand can move easily across the strings of the guitar. You should always make sure your fretting hand is never too low. If your fretting hand is too low it will make it very hard for you to move your fingers the way you need to when playing.
It definitely looks more cool to keep the guitar at a lower position while playing standing up, but try to avoid this practice if you’re a beginner. Make your life easier and keep the guitar high so you can see the fretboard and your finger placements better. Check out the video below for a great visual of what you need to do when holding the guitar.