Are You Practicing Guitar Wrong?

Are you sitting the same way consistently with your guitar posture? If not, you're probably having difficulty mastering even the most basic of guitar techniques.  Sitting in the same way is critical to mastering techniques on guitar... 

A lot of teachers will stress the importance of having a comfortable guitar sitting position, however very few teachers will stress how important it is to always sit in the same position with the same posture... 

Your body and your mind need to memorize how it "feels" to fret notes properly, strike each guitar string perfectly and learn where the tip of the pick is at (to be able to expertly track notes).

If - when practicing guitar - you are always moving around into an ever changing array of seating positions, (sitting in different ways, in different places, with a different hand and body position), your mind will never get the chance to properly form a concrete memory (and then later recall), the details of developing your technique.

However, by using a consistent daily sitting position will do wonders for your overall skill development. Finding a good and a comfortable guitar practice posture and then sitting the same way (each and every day that you sit down to study), will provide your mind (and your body), with the perfect mental recall ability to shave days (even weeks) off of the development of your technical skill.


When it comes to poor skill development, one of the biggest problems that most guitar players have is sitting in too many different ways when they practice. If you have poor posture and especially if you have very inconsistent posture, (day after day sitting in different ways), your mind will not be able to recall what worked from one day to the next.

This can set back your skill development because each new sitting position requires the mind to start making new judgement calls about where the best alignment of the hand, the fingers, the tip of the pick, and the arm need to be in order to produce the best connection to the strings.

If you do not have a good, comfortable consistent posture day after day, your mind and body will take much longer to learn how everything must "be" with respect to perfect alignment. However, sitting in the exact same way, (a good and comfortable well balanced way), will help the brain recall perfect alignment and speed you toward perfect playing skills a whole lot quicker.

Good playing technique is burned into the brain (and the hands) through repetition that forms accurate muscle memory. This means that, in order to develop this skill there needs to be a proper amount of time dedicated to forming the mental recall required for every successful action.

Accuracy is key, and accuracy is best formed by consistent accurate repetition. Once the mind can learn how to expertly travel through the most effective playing motions (playing motions that are producing the best results), the mind can then later easily recall those movements. Thus, producing high-level technique skills on guitar.

One of the best sitting positions for guitar players to practice in is the "Classical Guitar Sitting Position." I cover this and other sitting positions in my popular YouTube video, "Correct Guitar Posture." Watch that video below to start getting a better idea about what you can do to achieve the best possible sitting position on a daily basis.


In order to get the most out of your daily practice routine, be sure to sit in the same way using a balanced comfortable seating position, (Classical sitting posture is excellent).

Find a good comfortable chair of the right height (no arms), and sit exactly the same way to help train your hands and your mind how each movement should function and flow. I use a basic adjustable drafting stool when I practice and it works excellent.

The more practice time that your mind has, done within a consistent sitting posture, the faster you will be able to form a deep mental connection for precisely where the tip of the guitar pick is, (or for where each finger-tip is if you play without a pick).

This also translates over to the fretting hand as well. With a consistent daily posture /seating position your fretting hand learn exactly how to form chords, and flow through notes of the scales and arpeggios. This creates solid connections to the neck and an excellent feeling for how notes are being found by each finger tip of the fret-hand.

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Thanks again and we'll catch up next week, for another episode of the, "Guitar Blog Insider."



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