Holding An Electric Guitar

Learn How To Hold An Electric Guitar

In this lesson we are going to take a look at how to hold an electric guitar. The three basic options that you have to choose from when holding an electric guitar are the casual method, the classical method and standing up. We will cover each one of these methods and let you know about some gear that you might want to buy.

The casual method is probably the most popular method of holding the electric guitar. This is because, with this method, it is easy to just pick up the guitar and start playing. You don’t necessarily need a strap or a footstool to pick up the guitar and go. To use the casual method, just sit down and place the guitar over your right leg. Hold the guitar close to your body and use you right arm to make sure that the guitar does not slide down your leg. It is a really good idea to make sure that you are sitting up straight. Bad posture can lead to back problems and poor technique.

The classical method of holding the guitar requires that you put the guitar over your left leg. Usually people that use the classical method have a footstool to rest their left foot on. This brings their leg up higher and puts the guitar in a better position for playing. You can find a footstool at pretty much any music store for about $15-$30 The advantages of the classical method are that it puts your fretting hand in a better position for playing and it gives you better access to the higher frets. Again, make sure that you are sitting up straight.

Standing while playing the guitar is a great way to practice. When you are performing in front of an audience you will usually be standing. If you practice in the same position that you will be playing in, you will probably be more comfortable and make fewer mistakes. If you want to stand when you are playing you will need to have a guitar strap. Straps for electric guitars can cost anywhere from $10-$50. Most straps are fully adjustable so that you can wear your guitar low or high. There are a lot of guitar players out there that wear the guitar really high and there are a lot that wear their guitar really low. Try adjusting your strap to different heights and see what position works best for you.

Experiment with all three methods of holding the electric guitar and pick the one that you are the most comfortable with. You can also learn how to hold an acoustic guitar here!

This Lesson Has 10 Comments

  • Amber says:

    Thanks Nate now i really know how to hold a guitar!!!!!!!!

    • Shahmeer says:

      Hi Nick,Nice to hear from you on the other side of the globe! I will point you towards a video guatir lesson on beginning fingerpicking to help you get started. You can get tons of mileage from the easy pattern I teach in this video. I use this pattern all the time and teach it to all my fingerpicking students.The video is right on the front page of my site. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Best wishes, Lisa

  • Arpit Saxena says:

    heya NAte can we hold the guitar little low on standing position

  • jean-paul grima says:

    hi nate i am 38 and a beginner for the second time well after 20 years and its like sort of frustrating until you start again any hints for a bit of big fingers?

    • Marie says:

      i got this guitar for Christmas two years ago. when i yepald it,it didn’t work. the jack was broken and the whammy bar didn’t fit. the spaces for the strings near the last pick up were too small and the strings got stuck. i had to use a screwdriver to take the back panel off and pull the strings out. when the i got the panel off, i saw that the entire inside was rotting and had been painted over. when i turned the guitar over, the all of the electrical parts fell out and it took forever to get them back in place. the shoulder strap pieces came completely off. to top it all off, it sounds horrible. the amp works well but because the guitar bolt isn’t properly connected, the strings rattle and make a noise that sounds like an electric banjo. the pick ups buzz dreadfully and the whammy bar broke off too. don’t buy this, it’s not worth your money. its sad but Guitar Hero is more fun than this. the only reason i give it 2 stars is because of the picks, amp, and dvd included.

  • Alexx says:

    hey Nate i Was Wondering How Can You Change Your Strings On An Electric Guitar ?

  • Chris says:

    I just had to say, dont buy what, exactly, Marie? They don’t sell guitars on this website, so your post makes no sense. Sounds like you paid $50 and bought a guitar from a bum off the street. Go to guitar center and get a real guitar. You get what you pay for.

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  • Gilbert Guerrero says:

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