Playing the classical guitar



It's very important for a beginning guitarist to pay attention to some facts.

The posture during playing of the guitar is very important.  

A wrong posture affects the easiness of playing and makes it difficult to find rest while playing the guitar. Rest will contribute to the quality of the music you are playing.

A wrong posture can result in pain and cramps on a long term basis. My own experience is after playing the guitar for 22 years I had to adjust my posture because of the pain in my shoulder.

The correct posture is sitting on a chair with a straight back. Your right upper leg must have a horizontal position in opposite of the floor.

Place your left foot on a special made foot bench. The guitar is resting on your left upper leg under an angel of approximately 45. Now you have the correct position for playing the guitar.

While playing the guitar your left- and right hand technique plays a key role in the easiness of playing in combination with sound colour and intonation.

The nails of your right hand may not be too long. You have to find out which length suites the best.

If they are too long they will hamper your play. Too short will affect the quality of the tone.

There is a difference in the way you strike a string. This can be done 'falling' and 'non falling'.

When striking the string 'falling' the top of your finger will end on the following string.

With this way of striking the tone will sound harder and warmer in contradiction with striking the string 'non falling'.

The back of your right hand must stand still during playing the guitar. The manner and the force of striking the strings has to come from your fingers.

The fingers of the right hand can form a slight curve this gives a round warm tone. If you strike a string with stretched fingers the sound of the tone will be sharp.

With these different ways of striking strings (round strike, stretched strike, 'falling' or 'non falling') you have the possibility to regulate the sound of your guitar.

The same techniques can be used for the thumb. During striking a string with your thumb it must make a 'turning' movement. The position of your thumb must be square in opposite of your right hand.

Also the position of your right hand in opposite of the neck and the comb will influence the sound of your guitar.

A strike of the strings in nearness of the neck will result in a warm tone. On the other hand a strike in the nearness of the comb will result in a sharper tone.

An other way of striking a string is called 'pizzicato', to do this you must place the side of your right hand on the strings just a fraction before the comb. This way of striking gives a short muffled tone.

The left hand in contradiction to the right hand must have short nails. This way they can't interfere when you press a string to form a tone.

While grabbing the neck your left hand thumb must touch the neck in a way that the thumb stands in opposite of the middle finger. The left hand must form a curve in a way that your fingers take a square position while pressing the strings. Its important to press a string just before the fret to form a nice tone.

Playing the classical guitar is a combination of left and right hand techniques that will result in a variety of sounds coming from your instrument.

To play the classical guitar in a proper manner will take years of exercise and discipline.