I think this is a good place to ask about hand size and finger reach for the people who have smaller/bony fingers.
If this is a reduntant thread, please redirect me to any former post.
I`ve been trying to teach myself to play for about 5 years now, and absolutely cannot form an F chord at will.
My index finger just doesn`t have enough "meat" between my knuckles to make a decent bar.
I can, however, make the fifth string (and fake quite a bit), using the "reach around" with my thumb.
Being the unproffesional perfectionist that I am, it really impairs my playing (because I know better).
This doesn`t work very well, as I tend to dampen rather than hit that full bass note.
How about reach?
I am able and more than willing to use that little finger to reach out, but a 25 1/2 scale seems to be too long. My higher notes/chords on that finger just won`t come out as clean as I wish.
I have a couple 000`s that are 24.9" scale that work only a little bit better for this, but still the same thing.
Am I stuck with parlor scale?
I do seem to do well with a small-bodied guitar, but they just don`t have the sound that I desire.
Any replies are more than welcome.
Im also self taught 9 years in and ive got small bony hands. Ive just had to compromise to a point, because I completely understand what you mean about reaching around with your thumb, I gave that up a long time ago and still come away with a good sound.
Its all really about getting better at playing the way are. Jimi hendrix and john mayer both use their thumbs for the bass notes. Especially when they play chords like a D chord but use their thumb to play the F# on the low E string. It takes work and you shouldnt have to be stuck with only one type a guitar. There are so many wonderful guitars out there! haha