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HOW TO HOLD THE GUITAR

You can either sit or stand while playing the guitar, and the position you choose makes virtually no difference whatsoever to your tone or technique. This really is just a matter of personal preference and it's totally up to you which you choose. You may however find it easier to sit down when you're starting off as you will find it easier to look at the frets and coordinate your fingers. Most people prefer to practice while sitting but perform publicly while standing. The one exception to the sit or stand option is the classical guitar, which you normally play in a sitting position.
To hold the guitar in a sitting position, rest the waist of the guitar on your right leg. (The waist is the indented part between the guitar’s upper and lower bouts, which are the protruding curved parts that look like shoulders and hips.) Place your feet slightly apart. Balance the guitar by lightly resting your right forearm on the bass bout. Don’t use the left hand to support the neck. You should be able to take your left hand completely off the fretboard without the guitar dipping toward the floor.
Look in the photo below as Tommy Emmanuel holds the guitar.
To stand and play the guitar, you need a strap that is securely fastened to both strap pins on the guitar (or otherwise tied to the guitar). Then you can stand in a normal way and check out how cool you look in the mirror with that guitar slung over your shoulders. You may need to adjust the strap to get the guitar at a comfortable playing height. Look again Tommy
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Classical guitar technique, on the other hand, requires you to hold the instrument on your left leg, not on your right. This position puts the center of the guitar closer to the center of your body, making the instrument easier to play, especially with the left hand, because you can better execute the difficult fingerings of the classical-guitar music in that position.
You must also elevate the classical guitar, which you can do either by raising the left leg with a specially made guitar foot stool.
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The Beatles
In 1956, in the industrial city of Liverpool, a student at an art college formed his first group. Like a lot of groups at that time, it was a skiffle band. It was called The Quarrymen, and the name of the art student was John Lennon. Later in the year, another boy joined the group: his name was Paul McCartney. And in 1958, George Harrison joined as well. The myth of the Beatles had begun. The three young men appeared in front of the British public for the first time in 1959, on a TV show. At that point, they were called Johnny and the Moondogs. One year later, two new members joined the group: Stuart Sutcliffe, a guitarist, and Pete Best, a drummer. The group changed its name again. This time it was called the Silver Beatles. They started playing in the 'Cavern Club' in Liverpool and, in 1960, went to Germany for a period. There they played in clubs like the 'Indra Club' and 'Top Ten', in Hamburg's red light district. They also backed Tony Sheridan in Europe (this time they were called the Beat Brothers).
1962 was the turning-point for the group. Stuart Sutcliffe, the leader of the group, died and Pete Best was replaced with' a young man called Richard Starkey, better known as Ringo Starr. New musical tendencies, like rock'n'roll and rhythm'n'blues, had influenced  the group, and the songwriting team of Lennon and McCartney began to produce some interesting numbers. One of them, 'Love Me Do', became the group's first single. It was fairly successful . Encouraged, the group issued three new singles, 'Please Please Me', 'From Me To You' and 'She Loves You'. All three went straight to the top of the Hit Parade. All of a sudden, the Beatles had become the biggest, most successful group in pop music history.
The next two years saw a string of successes, for example 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', 'A Hard Day's Night', 'Can't Buy Me Love' and 'Michelle'. They made two films, as well: 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Help!'. Young people everywhere copied them: their music, their hairstyles, their clothes.
In 1965 the Oueen gave them each an M.B.E. . But their music began to change. With the album 'Rubber Soul', it became more experimental and this was confirmed with their next LP, 'Revolver' . In 1966 they stopped touring and concentrated on work in the recording studio. The results were extraordinary. 1967 saw the production of songs like 'Penny Lane', 'Strawberry Fields Forever', 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds', and the famous LP, 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'.
But things began to go wrong. John Lennon met Yoko Ono, and Paul McCartney met Linda Eastman, who was the exact opposite of Yoko Ono. The group continued to work, and produced two more albums which included songs like 'Let It Be', 'Hey Jude' and 'Yellow Submarine'. But differences of opinion, economic problems and different artistic temperaments led inevitably to the breakup. On 10th of April, 1970, a month before their last album came out, Paul. McCartney called a press conference: the Beatles no longer existed.
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