#1
I've been playing my guitar all this time without a strap. I finally went out and bought the straplock buttons and installed them today. Completely different instrument, IMO!

I'm not having a problem with fretting, but finding the strings with the pick is impossible with the guitar perfectly vertical, I am use to playing with a little angle. Any advice, other than practice?

Also, I'm playing around with the "hang" and would like to know where it should hang rather than where I think it should hang for my long-term progress. I don't want to develop a bad golf swing for what seems expedient. Thanks.
#2
I usually just find a comfortable adjustment so that I can still play without having to put the guitar in weird positions to reach but not too high because you look like an old school bassist then lol.. It's based on your arm length and finger flexibility.
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#3
I have never played with a stap in 2 years but I've heard it's just practice and that you should pratice both ways.


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#4
When playing with a strap your guitar should not be vertical, it should have angle in it. Go in google images and look up your favourite guitarists, and see how theirs is angled. Whilst you're there checkout their strap length. Yeah, they look awesome with their guitars hung low right? But the fact is, the lower you go, in general, the more technique you lose. So start off high, then when you're more comfortable standing and playing, go lower, if you want.
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When playing with a strap your guitar should not be vertical, it should have angle in it. Go in google images and look up your favourite guitarists, and see how theirs is angled. Whilst you're there checkout their strap length. Yeah, they look awesome with their guitars hung low right? But the fact is, the lower you go, in general, the more technique you lose. So start off high, then when you're more comfortable standing and playing, go lower, if you want.


By "vertical" I don't mean the neck to body angle, I mean the body to the floor angle. I can keep the neck up a little where I like it, but the body is going to hang straight down vertical no matter what unless there is a technique I don't know. Thanks for the post, I think I have it at a good hang, I'm not reaching for anything, just having trouble finding it.
#7
straps positioning is important man, find the right height and play with in while you sit even.

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#8
Use one of your legs to prop the lower part of the guitar out a bit so it's angled back a little
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#9
It takes time, but soon it will feel right. Just make sure you practice with the strap and eventually it will click.

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#10
It's about practice.

Learn to hold your guitar vertically, that's how I do it.



Like that, it helps a lot.


You will probably have to learn to pick properly a bit because you're picking hand will be at a strange angle.
#11
when you're sitting down, playing in 'classical position' i find helps getting used to the angle a little when playing with a strap.

and it's height should be where you're comfortable with it.
if you're feeling pain or bending your wrist too much it's probably too low.
#13
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Use one of your legs to prop the lower part of the guitar out a bit so it's angled back a little


That does help. Can't do it all the time, but it will wean me through the rough spots while I get use to this.
#14
It took me a little while to get used to using a strap, but after a while it was just as easy as sitting down and playing. Just takes practice.
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#15
What I did was sit down and adjust the strap so that it's as far away as it would be when I'm sitting down. It wasn't hard after that at all.
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