Can the Size of Someone's Hands Inhibit Their Ability to Play Guitar?

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  1. Rawkmann

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    If You are in the market for a good acoustic guitar suitable for smaller hands check out the Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45. I just picked up one for myself a couple weeks ago and it fits my smallish hand quite nicely.
     
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    The size of your hands is an absolute non issue...play yer guitar!
     
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    Shawn Lane had small hands as well, so you're excused if you can only achieve his level of speed... :cheers:
     
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    absolutely not. No elaboration needed.
     
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    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    Thanks for the suggestion! :shred:
     
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    Yeah lots of good advice here. Clicked this thread because I have the opposite problem, probably some of the biggest hands you've ever seen :lol: you can maybe see in my profile pic that they would nearly wrap around the neck twice. Perfect for my 7 and 8 strings though!

    Actually I do some days! :lol:

    I find acoustic work and stretched Opeth style mid-fretboard licks a breeze, but struggle when it comes to fast intricate high fretwork. My fingers seem to get in the way of each other. I noticed that Dimebag has small hands, maybe there's something in it...

    Switch to metal solos! Or get your capo up on a higher fret, I wrote a lot of stuff with my capo in silly positions like 10th fret upwards. And like everyone has said, finding the right guitar is a must. As well as having it set up correctly. Also, 'Standard' acoustic string sets tend to be 12 or 13 gauge, maybe crank it down a couple to 10 or 11.
     
  8. Tom Sklenar

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    Hi Mark, I can confirm many things, which were already written. Smaller hands are not the reason of slow progress in your playing. There must be other reasons. How do you practice? What do you practice? I already saw many people, who struggle with the same problem, but it falls away after they bought new guitar. I donĀ“t mean a size of the guitar, but higher quality of your instrument, which moves you forward a lot. Your playing should be more comfortable also with thinner strings.
     
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    I would say no only because every now and then you'll see child prodigies with crazy skills and tiny hands.
     
  10. GuitarBizarre

    GuitarBizarre Listen to physics.

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    Simple answer: No, not really.

    Yngwie has tiny sausage fingers. Vai has alien hands.

    Both of them rip, and anything you're struggling with, they can play. Anything else is just excuses.
     
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    No issue with my hands, but I have noticed my penis isn't big enough to use as a slide lower than the 12th fret...

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    i have tiny fecking girly hands and I slay an 8 string with absolutely zero issues. Im a shred type player too and alot of speed is in my style.
    I get cramp occasionally if I go relentlessly without breaks but for the most part I have no problems

    except buying gloves that fit. Legit have to wear childrens............
     
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    What?! YJM will not be happy when he hears this.

     
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    People with no hands play guitar. So no.
     
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    GuitarBizarre Listen to physics.

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    When is YJM happy about anything he's not being paid for?
     
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    which means that even people with no hands can do something that people with hands try to do and fail at...

    imagine being those people?.
    Lil WAyne springs to mind.
     
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    Like a lot of all the others already mentioned:

    You set the limit of what you can achieve!
    Remember the time you tried to ride the bicycle? It was a tough time at the beginning but focused and continuous actions finally led to success! As long as you remember that you WILL master your guitarplaying! It may take time, but you will succeed
     
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    Thanks Matthias! I'm very glad that my doubts on this have been quelled!
     
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    The answer is obviously yes to a degree but you wont find much material that the average hand can't play on a standard scale guitar.
    However - PLAY IN CLASSICAL POSITION! I can't stress this enough. It's much better posture in general and it also adds several frets to your stretch ability.
     
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    You are very welcome!
    Looking forward to hear about your progression on the guitar ;)
     

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