Tag: Posture

Posture, Warm ups, Stretching and Health for the Working Guitarist.

As a working guitarist, sooner or later you will be confronted by tension in your upper body and shoulders. I always try to teach to all my students how to avoid tension and explain how warming up before a session/gig and sitting/standing correctly can make a huge difference in how you will feel at the end of it.

We always forget how playing an instrument, lifting gear, or sitting all day to practice or teach can be a physically demanding task, and I don’t know any athlete that does not warm up before a performance, so why shouldn’t we?

The following is a great video that explains how things work in the upper body:

This is a great set of warm ups and massages by guitar master J. Petrucci:

If tension should arise, a great way to release is explained in this video:

I hope this was helpful, feel free to add a comment below if you find more useful videos!

Guitar Technique: Left Hand Posture Tips

I have seen too many times young or inexperienced guitarists having to go back to basics because of poor left hand posture. In this video I’ll give you some tips on how to better your left hand posture following a few simple concepts:

2. Keep your thumb opposite your fingers on the other side of the neck

1. keep your knuckles parallel to the fret board

3. reach out for frets bending each individual finger

4. ‘scroll’ down the neck in a relaxed way like it was a rail, in a relaxed way

I think the most important thing is that you have to be very relaxed in doing all of the above.

THIS IS THE 2021 UPDATED VERISION OF THE VIDEO…the original from 2008 is below