Short fingers!!!

sophiejones posted this 27 June 2011

Hi

I'm just curious. Must I have long fingers to play the [url="http://crafterguitar.co.uk/Acoustic_Guitars/">guitar[/url]? I tried once when my classmate brought one in school. I can't make some chords if the tabs to make the chord is a couple away from each other. Since then I lost my interest and gave up trying. Now I'm just contented listening if someone play a guitar. For me it's more wonderful, just listening.

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Ted Jackson posted this 27 June 2011

Short stubby fingers here and I have no "stretch" at all! But I just make do.

The key is "How much do I want this?". Those who are determined will, those who aren't won''t!

Listening's fine but if you want to play then it has to come from inside you. If you have the fire then you'll find a way!

Ted

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sophiejones posted this 27 June 2011

Thanks for your words. I guess that is what is lacking in me the fire. I think I'm not good at music at all I'm just good at listening . The one thing that I don't like about me is I easily get discourage and tired of things. That's why I still keep on searching what would be the one thing would interest me(a hobby!).

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Ted Jackson posted this 27 June 2011

Being "good at music" doesn't really enter the equation.

Did Sid Vicious know the difference between a 7th and a 9th? I think not! The desire to perform/communicate is the overriding factor.

Have a look at this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVYAxDwzq80

That's what determination can (and will do). If the spark is in you then take hold of it and forge it!

Ted

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Jack Daniels posted this 27 June 2011

Sophie, I bought a book that I think would interest you it's only like $10 to $15 dollars and it's called "The Encyclopedia of Guitar Picture Chords In Color" by Barnes & Noble. It's an excellent, excellent book that will peak your curiosity enough for you to try it out. The book shows proper positioning of fingers for ALL chords (greater than 1,800 to be precise). What's great about this book is that there will be certain fingerings that you can do "comfortably" until your hands and fingers grow (that is unless you are already a full fledged adult) and you should try out guitars made specifically for (girls/women) and their playing comfort. Believe me THERE ARE guitars out there for you that will play comfortably, and your short fingers are not even an issue. Do some searching around at the music stores and on the web first, then when you find one go try it out and play some simple chords on it. You'll know immediately if the guitar is for you, then after you've purchased a guitar get the book I mentioned here, and you're on your way. Nothing in life that's worth anything comes easily, it will always take some time, but the fun is in getting there and improving day by day and enjoying that improvement.

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The Herbit posted this 04 July 2011

You appreciate guitar enough to have found your way here. Good sign :)

I've seen people with short fingers play a pretty mean guitar. Jack is right if a full size guitar is too large there are smaller scale guitars 3/4 scale may be up your alley. Warmup and gentle stretching also helps loosen up your fingers, hand, wrist and forearm.

Chords are awkward to us all when we first learn them. I'm still finding some new chords awkward after 20+ yrs playing ! Additional tip when people first grab a chord book or look in the internet for chords - they jump right into the 'full' shapes for G Major, F major and bar chords etc. A beginner mel bey book will take you thru simpler chord shapes first where you hold only 1 or 2 notes in combo with an open string. You could try those first from the chord book then Triads until your fingers are more stretchy, which happens over time. Any easier ?

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TaitPollack posted this 13 July 2011

[QUOTE=Ted Jackson]Short stubby fingers here and I have no ";stretch"; at all! But I just make do.

The key is ";How much do I want this?";. Those who are determined will, those who aren't won''t!

Listening's fine but if you want to play then it has to come from inside you. If you have the fire then you'll find a way!

Ted [/QUOTE]

Well said. I have shortish fingers and it has always been a bit of a challenge to reach the right frets. It is truely all about how much you want to play. You may find, like a lot of players that some songs you can play better than others and that will just be down to you as an individual. :)

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Ivan Mauricio posted this 14 July 2011

WATCH RICHIE SAMBORA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DONT WATCH STEVE VAI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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rwilson64 posted this 19 December 2018

I have really short stumpy fingers and put myself off playing. everyone speak to that plays guitar says I have short fingers too but there huge compared from mine. my pinkie is 7 cm,index 9 cm. recently a kid had a shot of playing my guitar and played brilliant so this has encouraged me to get back to it. obviously I wont be able to do a d over f# chord etc. I have decided to find a suitable song and practice & practice. if I cant play it by June i am going to throw my guitar out lol.

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