left hand position

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by fretbuzz, Jul 23, 2001.

  1. fretbuzz

    fretbuzz Guest

    where is the thumb?, sometimes i find my thumb creeping up, so much that i end up with contact at the first knuckle. i know thats poor position, but is it just a matter of practice or am i doomed. any help with left hand position would be helpful
  2. Lovebown

    Lovebown Guest

    Jan 6, 2001
    Generally speaking the thumb should always be behind the neck, about halfways. However, it's quite natural that it will go up towards the edge of the fretboard as you play the D and G strings, that is ok.

    Imagine the neck is a hot dog or a hamburger and grab it between your thumb and your fingers.

    Good luck,
  3. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I always show students this way: pick up a coke bottle. Notice that the thumb is right behind the middle finger. That's the 'natural' position.

    Don't worry, it's just a matter of proper practice. You'll get it.