The unique size, shape and variations of the guitar’s design can introduce many postural difficulties for the guitarist. Often the shoulders are displaced due to the size of the guitar body, the hips may be twisted to reach the neck and the back and neck bent forward and over the fretboard so that the instrumentalist may see what they are doing. 

This may cause postural problems that can impact the musicians ability to improve at their given instrument and cause long term complications in other areas of their life.

Good posture is essential to improving technique. Excellent technique will allow you to play for longer, stretch your fingers further and perform with greater dexterity and speed, whilst avoiding repetitive strain injury.

Fortunately, good posture when playing the guitar is no different to what we already know when sitting:

  • Back straight with natural spine curvature.

  • Sitting at a 90 degree angle.

  • Square shoulders and hips with an equal distribution of weight. 

  • Feet flat on the floor.

  • Neck straight.

  • Music notation or direction at eye level.

Instead, we alter how we hold the guitar in relation to our body to maintain correct posture. 

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