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.
This is home base position because all 4 fingers can easily reach the notes on the fretboard.
If you thumb is up to high, you will find that you will be unable to play notes with your 4th finger comfortably, or play any combination of notes that require you to stretch between your fingers.
The basics of left hand position on the guitar>
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