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Beginner's question: holding the guitar in place   You are logged in as Guest
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Beginner's question: holding the gui... 

I've had one lesson and have been working on what my teacher asked me too, simple picado scales. Concentrating on keeping my right hand in a good position, I find I need to take my right arm off the guitar as I move up to the 4th, 5th and 6th strings, so my left hand has to hold the guitar.

However, I am also trying to keep my left hand in a good flamenco position with the thumb staying on the back and the wrist forward - as opposed to my natural, rock-influenced position where the thumb peeks over the top and the palm holds the neck in place. The problem is I don't see how the two are compatible - if my left hand is barely touching the neck and my right arm isn't touching the body, it just falls over to the left.

What am I doing wrong? How am I supposed to both keep my right hand fingers at the right angle to strings and also keep my left hand in the correct flamenco position?
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RE: Beginner's question: holding the... (in reply to Inglés

rest the guitar on your right thigh in a way that it doesn't tilt to the left. also try to support the lower bout of your guitar with your forearm to kinda "lock" the guitar in place, but still have your hands free above the strings. if you cross your right leg PdL style over your left leg you'll have some leverage and the guitar will be easier to hold.

look at the picado from 1:19, he goes all the way up to the 6th string but he is supporting the guitar with the part of his forearm closest to his wrist, if you get what I mean.


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