STEAM | 14 September 2015How to Play Guitar: Hand Position Share article facebook twitter google pinterest With the unfortunate cuts to many school music programs in schools across the country, parents might not feel like their budding guitarists have the chance to hone their skills. Or they might feel like their children’s schedules are already jam-packed and there isn’t room for one more lesson. Coming to the rescue…How to Play Guitar in 10 Easy Lessons! As the title suggests, this book really does make it easy for an interested kid (or even an adult!) to pick up the requisite skills for guitar-playing. The most important part of guitar-playing is arguably the positioning of fingers and hands. If those are in the wrong place, your tunes definitely won’t sound jam-worthy! Throughout the text, images of player’s fingers are color-coded to help with finger-positioning. These numbered blobs are your fingers! The numbers tell you which finger goes where. Your first finger is the one closest to your thumb and your fourth finger is your little finger. Why not use nail polish or stickers in red, blue, green, and yellow to help you remember which fingers go where? Once the fingers are on the right strings, it’s time to move on to the hands. The hand positions are shown from the front view, back view, and player’s view. Here is how you should position your wrist. Notice that the thumb is at the back of the neck and all four fingers can stretch across the correct frets. So the first finger is on the 5th fret, and the fourth finger is on the 8th fret. Be sure to have this position correct before starting. Kids, like some famous musicians, sometimes like to do things a little differently. Never fear…if your young musician isn’t comfortable with the thumb at the back of the neck of the guitar, the book presents an alternative hand position. How nice to have options! D Major (Alternative Hand Position) Using D major as an example, you can see that instead of the thumb being at the back of the neck, it is over the top, wrapped around. Dan Holton, the book’s author and an accomplished guitarist, also has a YouTube channel that offers more audio visual support for learning to play the guitar. So if you want to see what real fingers look like on the guitar, check it out! Also, if you want to hear whether your renditions of the chords are sounding ready to rock, you can access 34 audio samples. Rock on! Check out our previous posts on How to Code and How to Make a Movie to see more about the other books in the Super Skills series! How to Play Guitar in 10 Easy Lessons Author: Dan Holton Format: Wire Comb Bound, 64 Pages ISBN: 9781633220119 Age Range: 8 to 12 Publisher: Walter Foster Jr. Buy from an Online Retailer Now Available In North America: Coming Soon In The UK: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.