Holding the Woodrow
Being relaxed and comfortable is important while playing. If you are concerned about holding the instrument the whole time, then playing won’t be as fun. The key is to not muffle your own strings with your forearm as it supports the instrument. If you pay attention and do it correctly for the first few times you play, then soon it will become second nature.
1. In a relaxed manner, cross your body with the Woodrow with the neck in your fretting hand.
2. support the neck with your fretting hand, then bring your strumming hand to the strings, wherever is natural feeling. (don’t worry about strumming over the soundhole)
3. your strumming forearm should gently support the instrument against your body in (or near) the crook of your elbow, but should be able to freely move.