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Watch the Holding The Guitar online guitar lesson by Joe Dalton from Acoustic Blues Handbook

I figured we should take the time to talk about how to hold the guitar properly. The guitar is my third instrument. I learned percussion and piano from my grandfather. He was a famous band leader and percussionist from New York City. (Joseph Minichini, son of Salvatore Minichini, for those of you who like to research...). My grandfather did show me the proper way to hold the instrument and the proper technique, but I used many bad habits learning from friends and acquaintances as you do since the guitar is a social instrument. We seem to sit down with others and show each other many things because, with the guitar, this is so convenient. Consequently, we pick up many bad habits, so this information about holding the guitar sometimes gets lost. So, here it is.