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Basic Left Hand Position and Technique

Andres Gallego

Establishing strong left hand position and technique is so important. Good left hand position makes it easy for the fingers to move freely without obstruction or excess  . Good left hand technique allows you to play accurately and smoothly every time you fret a note. When position and technique work together it gives you great confidence and allows you to enjoy playing the guitar much more compared to the feeling you get when you’re struggling to make clean notes.
Like with all aspects of guitar playing, there are many good methods, approaches and philosophies out there. This lesson is a culmination of all that I have learned and applied to my own playing. I have taken the concepts that I’ve found to be most useful, and attempted to create a concise lesson with these ideas at it’s core. If you have a different opinion, would like to elaborate on a point or feel like you can add something of value, please leave a comment at the bottom of this article. For the purpose of this lesson, I’m assuming you are a right­handed guitarist. The left hand is therefore the fretting hand. If you are a left handed guitarist, you will need to substitute the word ‘left’ for ‘right’ throughout this article.

Basic Left Hand Position and Technique

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