The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46029   Message #681689
Posted By: C-flat
02-Apr-02 - 02:24 PM
Thread Name: Size DOES matter..but flexibility rules!
Subject: RE: Size DOES matter..but flexibility rules!
My fingers are considered by many to be more suited for a building site than a fretboard,(to give you some idea, my wedding ring measured 3 sizes OFF the ring gauge!) Over the years I have learned to adapt my playing to accomodate my oversized digits. Often when a certain troublesome chord is called for it's worth thinking about which notes are actually being used in the chord and re-shaping your hand to suit rather than struggling to hold the whole chord unecessarily. When you watch classical or jazz players you rarely see them simply holding down a chord, just the notes they want to hear,and as you advance, your hand is freed-up to add other notes. I take a lot of stick (particularly from the other guys in the band) about my fingers but with the right application....