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Left Hand Strength

Shawn Strickland (2570) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 120
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Although, this doesn't go with left hand strength, it affects it, so I am going to put my two cents in for correct left hand position and movement...

I have my thoughts on left hand position, but it seems that mine are quite different than most poeple's. Everybody has their own opinions, but this one seems to work for me and I want to help you so here we go...
First, you should have your hand relaxed. you must sit up straight and hold the guitar properly (Guitar Lesson #2678 at WholeNote: Holding The Guitar by Charles Gacsi) in order for your hand and wrist to be relaxed. The thumb should be between the middle part of the neck and up to about the 6th string (Because some odd chords you can't have the "correct" classical guitar positioning, or it is litterally undoable!!!! Also, the thumb should always be around or directly behind the middle finger. You should not, I repeat, you should not keep your thumb (A problem that I had before starting classical guitar) down when you move to a different position, it makes your thumb hurt after a long time of doing it. The thumb should always glide freely with the hand while switching positions. Happy Picking!