How to hold the guitar

The guitar can be played in many positions, but some positions are clearly more efficient than others. The choice of position is personal, but clear guidelines exist. Some basic considerations in determining a chosen playing position include:

  • the physical stability of the instrument
  • ensuring the freedom of both hands such that they have thorough access to the instrument and can meet all technical demands without having to support the instrument
  • elimination of general muscular tension in the assumed body position. While it is natural for a beginner to experience fatigue in the muscles of his hands and arms, you must be careful to sit straight and not cause damage to your spine and waist. If you do experience pain in those regions it is possible that the position is harmful and must be changed to prevent damage.

Many beginners try and turn the guitar towards themselves, so they can look down at the frets and soundhole. Curling the guitar towards yourself in such a way actually makes it more difficult to fret the strings efficiently, because you have to curl your wrist more. This tension can be harmful. Beginners are also often inclined to put their elbow too high or low, which leads to cramping. Ideally your arm and shoulder should be relaxed.
It may take a beginner several weeks until holding the guitar feels comfortable and natural. By using efficient hand positions and not straining, the muscles in the arm and hands will get stronger. If you ever feel pain you should immediately stop and ascertain the cause of pain before continuing. Sometimes discomfort is due merely to fatigue and a period of rest will be all that is required.

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Customize the Sensei Templates

This lesson will show you the basics of Sensei’s templating system, how it is structured, and how to integrate it with your themes.

Plugin structure

As with the WooCommerce plugin, the template files are located in the /templates/ folder in the root of the plugin. Inside this folder you will find the files that you will need in order to customize your theme.

Theme integration

Integrating and making changes to Sensei in your theme is very easy. Out of the box Sensei will work with your theme, however should you wish to make changes to the markup or the structure of a Course, Lesson, etc, all you need to do is make a folder called /sensei/ in your theme root. Then simply copy the files and folder over from the plugins /templates/ folder. Then you can make your changes and the plugin will load the files from the theme first.


Sensei has some standard hooks that are available for use:

sensei_before_main_content() – this runs before the loop

sensei_after_main_content() – this runs after the loop

sensei_pagination() – this runs after main content

sensei_comments() – this only runs on the lesson single page

sensei_sidebar() – this runs on every single/archive sensei page

Assign the Product to a Course

This lesson will show you how to assign a WooCommerce Product to a Course. This will make the Course available for sale on the frontend of the website. Follow the steps below to assign a WooCommerce Product to a Course:

  1. Navigate to “Lessons -> All Courses” in your WordPress admin area
  2. Click to edit the Course you want to assign the WooCommerce Product to
  3. On the right side of the edit screen you will see a box titled “WooCommerce Product”
  4. Inside this box will be a dropdown filled with a list of WooCommerce Products, simply choose the product you created in the previous lesson and Update the Course
  5. That’s it! The Course is now available for sale on the frontend. Only learners that have purchased the Course will be allowed to start take the lessons.


Create a Product

This lesson will show you how to create a basic WooCommerce product for  use with your Courses. Follow the steps below to add a WooCommerce Product:

  1. Navigate to “Products -> Add New Product” in your WordPress admin area
  2. Add a product title
  3. Add product content in the editor
  4. Give the product a price
  5. You can fill out the other information if you need it, but steps 2-4 are the basic pieces of information required to sell a Course
  6. Publish your product.


User Analytics

This lesson will show you where to view stats for your learning site and learners. Follow the steps below to view your stats:

  1. Navigate to “Lessons->Analysis” in your WordPress admin area
  2. From here you are able to see:
    1. Total Courses
    2. Total Lessons
    3. Total Learners
    4. Average Courses per Learner
    5. Average Grade
    6. Total Completed Courses
  3. You can also see individual learner stats in overview format in the datagrid.

Create Course Content

This lesson will show you how to create Courses and add Lessons, it will even show you how to create Quizzes for learner assessment.

Creating courses is an easy process thanks to Sensei. Sensei allows you to create Courses, Lessons, and Quizzes all from 1 page in your WordPress admin area! Follows these easy steps to create a Course and a Lesson:

  1. Navigate to “Lessons -> Add New Lesson” in your WordPress admin area
  2. Add a title for your Lesson
  3. Add the Lesson content in the editor area
  4. On the right hand your will see a box called “Lesson Course”, click the “Add New Course” link to start creating the Course for the Lesson
  5. Once you’ve filled out the Course fields and saved the Course, it will be selected in the “Lesson Course” dropdown
  6. In order to create a Quiz with Questions, you will need to save your Lesson at this point. Click the “Save as Draft” button now
  7. Once the Lesson has been saved, scroll down to the “Lesson Quiz” area under the editor
  8. You should now be able to add a Quiz button clicking the “Add” button
  9. Give the Quiz a passmark
  10. To add Questions to the Quiz for the learners to answer is easy, click the “Add” button next to the “Add a question” label
  11. Fill out the Question fields and click the “Add Question” button to add the Question to the Quiz!
  12. Repeat steps 10-11 for as many Questions as you need.
  13. When you are finished adding Questions, you can publish your Lesson!


Purchase & Activate Sensei

Setting up online Courses in your WordPress powered website has become even easier now. All you need to do is purchase the Sensei plugin by WooThemes and upload it to your WordPress powered website. Follows the steps below and you will have setup Sensei in 5 minutes!

  1. Visit the Sensei landing page on
  2. Purchase the plugin
  3. Download the plugin from your WooThemes account dashboard
  4. Upload the plugin to your WordPress website either using FTP or using the plugin upload function
  5. Once the plugin is uploaded, you can click the “Activate Plugin” button
  6. That’s it! Sensei is now activated!