The basics of left hand
position on the guitar
by Shawn Bradshaw
The position of your left hand will vary depending
on what you are playing. What we are going to take a look at in
this lesson are some general guidelines to give you a starting
We are going to start with what I call the home
base left hand position. Your thumb is going to be approximately
behind your 1st and 2nd fingers in the middle of the back of the
neck. The point where your fingers attach to your hand should
be even with the surface of the guitar string. In other words,
where you fingers attach should not be behind the neck, or too
far in front of the neck. That part of your hand should be right
under the neck.
Here are a couple of videos to check out of me playing
in home base position.