Step 1 - Holding The Guitar

The spot for placing the guitar on the thighs could be a bit different for different shapes of guitars, but the basic positioning stays the same - the inward curve of the surface of the guitar (the side towards the thinnest string) should be placed on the right thigh (if you are a righty) or the left (if you are a lefty). The picking hand should be placed with the elbow in such a position that the fingers reach the strings (near the pickups for an electric or the middle of the sound hole in an acoustic). The hand position must be such that the guitar stays with the neck horizontal even without holding with the left hand, the elbow kinda "balances" the guitar in a horizontal position.

Step 2 - Holding The Plectrum (a.k.a. Pick)
Holding the plectrum is a key point in which most beginners make a mistake. You should NOT hold the plectrum the way you hold a pencil. Rather, you must hold it between the outside surface (NOT the front surface) of your index finger and the front surface of your thumb. The pointy end of the plectrum (if you are using the general "teardrop" shaped plectrum) must be protruding (sticking out) about 5-7 mm from the fingers.

Step 3 - Placing The Picking Hand On The Guitar
There are two techniques of doing this: EITHER 1. Anchoring the pinky, ring finger and middle finger on the guitar's body. OR 2. Keeping the hand floating in air in a loose fist form. I've heard people say that the second technique is way better, but I tried them both and found they were about the same in terms of efficiency. As a beginner, tech. 1 would be easier. I can name pro's using either technique - Michael Angelo Batio uses tech. 1 (when he is playing with one hand XD) and Paul Gilbert uses tech. 2.

Some Basic Terms And Their Meanings:
 Note - A note is a single sound (produced by a single picking motion) from one of the strings.  Chord - A chord is when you play many notes together with a strum (but not a collection of random notes! Chords follow some specific patterns and scales which you would learn later).

(NOTE . Start slow and gradually raise your speed. . but if you practise it from the very beginning you will get good at it with no "Extra" effort.  Fret .don't play the ascending and descending first part in a strumming manner.Learning To Pick This exercise is aimed at developing your otherwise untrained right hand in order to make it know the position of the strings. it will mess you up big time.DO NOT try to play blazingly fast from the very beginning. try googling it up) e|-----0---------------0----------| B|----0-0-------0--------0--------| G|---0---0-----------0-------0----| D|--0-----0---0------------0------| A|-0-------0-------0-----------0--| E|0---------0--------------------0| (NOTE .when you play (pick / strum) without "holding" any note with your left hand (or right hand if you are a lefty). Open . sorry :) Play this: e|----------------------------------------0-0-0-0-| B|--------------------------------0-0-0-0---------| G|------------------------0-0-0-0-----------------| D|----------------0-0-0-0-------------------------| A|--------0-0-0-0---------------------------------| E|0-0-0-0-----------------------------------------| (NOTE .the area between two raised metallic bars. Don't try to play uncontrollably fast. These are the places where you hold down. You won't be using your left hand for now. you will find that the fretting fingers (index. pick each note separately. middle.Learning A Bit To "Alternate Pick" People refer to this as an advanced technique sometimes. one in a downstroke and the next one in an upstroke and so on) Exercise 2. You must let it hang freely. don't "hold" onto the neck. . if you don't know how to read tabs. and then hand your hand down. the thumb must be on the upper surface).) Step 4 .the following exercise is in tab (tablature) form. but only till you can control the strings. Rest your left hand on the neck in such a manner that the thumb is at the middle of the second fret (but not touching the sixth string. As you advance in learning. putting the weight on the thumb. still no left hand in this one. By the way.Fingering Basics This is the part where your left hand comes to play. it's called "playing on an open string". ring and pinky) would come closer to the neck . Exercise 1.

etc. Take extra care to develop it) Exercise 3.DO NOT neglect the pinky. You must use some variations. e|-----------------------------------1-2-3-4-| B|----------------------------1-2-3-4--------| G|---------------------1-2-3-4---------------| D|--------------1-2-3-4----------------------| A|-------1-2-3-4-----------------------------| E|1-2-3-4------------------------------------| (NOTE: use the "Alternate picking" technique here too. it is a great exercise. thanks for taking the time to read it. 3rd and 4th fretsrespectively. Hold onto the 1st fret of the6th string with your index finger and pick the 6th string (the uppermost and fattest one). they are great too. until you proceed any further and learn anything else. Try this with all the fretting fingers on the 1st. it is the most basic and the biggest mistake. 2nd. Make sure you can do this effortlessly and fast. like 1-3-2-4 or 1-4-2-3.Strengthening The Fretting Fingers This is the MOST BASIC and MOST USEFUL exercise that is out there. If you hear a noise.) Okay so this is the end of my first order to reduce time delay. You sound hear a pure sound with no noise. it is because you are not applying enough pressure on the string. (NOTE . Strengthen the pinky. or a dull "thump"-ish sound. Comment to let me know what you think . . be sure to let me know if you have problems/suggestions.. Correct that error if it happens.

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