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Thread #71684 Message #2447913
Posted By: theleveller
23-Sep-08 - 03:42 AM
Thread Name: Guitar: Teeny Tiny Fingers
Subject: RE: Guitar: Teeny Tiny Fingers
I not only have small hands, I also have crooked fingers (my little finger, especially, curves inwards), making some chord shapes really hard and, with the onset of arthritis, barre chords almost impossible. So I've adapted my style to suit my limitations, as did Django Reinhardt, who lost the use of his third and fourth fingers. I find it easier to play in Csus tuning (CGCGCD) or DADGAD that rely more on single string work rather than complex chord shapes.
Other posters are right - find a more accomodating tutor (the various video tutors from Martin Simpson are great!)