Bring the right hand over the sound hole and relax it completely from the wrist. Place the palm of the hand parallel to the surface of the soundboard. To achieve good sound quality, it is important to keep the hand in this relaxed position at all times.

Right hand position

When the thumb of the right hand is used, it should not change the basic relaxed position of the hand. To find the correct position for the thumb, relax the hand and place the fingers on the strings in the following manner: index on the third string, middle on the second string, and ring finger on the first string. Without moving these three fingers, let the thumb fall to the fifth string.

By convention, the first string of the guitar is the highest sounded string. The sixth string is the lowest sounding string.

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