I cannot spread my fingers easily. Am I anatomically disadvantaged for playing the guitar?



Asked by: Mike Davidson

Why can’t my fingers stretch guitar?





Bottom line if you're going to stretch with the finger. You need to stretch with the beast finger. Not your weak little pinky.

How can I make my fingers more flexible when playing the guitar?

Slowly rotate your fingers towards your chest as far as you can go. Then rotate them so you point away from your body. Do this for a minute or two each day. This will keep your wrists and hands nicely stretched, which will help you build your guitar playing stamina.

Can you play guitar if you have short fat fingers?

Acoustic guitars, especially nylon string guitars, tend to have wider necks meaning there’s more space between the stringss, so if you have larger finger pads, you stand a better chance of baing able tofret a note cleanly. The flipside is that you may have to reach further across the neck.

How do you spread your fingers to play guitar?

The second and third fingers tend to kind of join together. And the first and fourth fingers to tend to spread apart. And that's normal that's just to do with the anatomy of our hands.

Why are my fingers so inflexible?





Some of the potential causes of hand stiffness include arthritis, stenosing tenosynovitis, and hand injuries. When your hand or fingers are stiff, you may also experience pain and a decreased range of motion. There are many treatments for stiff hands, including medications, splints or casts, and injections.

How do you make your fingers spread wide?

To help widen your hand span — the maximum distance from your thumb to your little finger — follows these steps:

  1. Gently pull your thumb away from the other fingers with the thumb of your opposite hand. You should feel a slight stretch.
  2. Hold for 30 seconds, and then relax.
  3. Repeat with your other hand.


How long does it take to build finger strength guitar?

This takes about 2-3 weeks to master. Start with the B minor chord for your first barre chord (look up the other threads on this site). Make it happen! If you’re a beginner practice is the only thing that will increase overall hand strength.

How long does it take for fingers to get used to guitar?

Developing calluses on your fingertips can relieve a lot of the initial pain of learning to play guitar. On average, it takes 2 to 4 weeks for calluses to fully form. But callus formation differs from person to person depending on: how often you practice or play.



Can you train your fingers to be more flexible?

Lift your fingers.



Hold each of your fingers one to two seconds, and then lower them. Repeat with your right hand and then repeat eight to 10 times for each hand. This exercise can help increase the range of motion of your hands, as well as finger flexibility.

Can your hands be too small to play the guitar?

Your hands are never too small to play guitar and you don’t need a reduced-size guitar to play. Some people may prefer a reduced-size guitar, but even those people are capable of playing a full-sized guitar with some proper training.

Do finger stretchers for guitar work?

The emphasis on “strength” that comes from these finger exercisers might not just be inefficient though; it could jeopardize your guitar playing future. As Digital Music News notes… “The reality is that most players don’t improve their playing or dexterity with squeezing types of hand exercisers.



How do you play guitar with short stubby fingers?

So if you take a D chord you got your first finger here on your third string second fret your middle finger on the first string second fret and your ring finger on the second string third fret.

Why does Ed Sheeran play a small guitar?

Why is Ed Sheeran’s Guitar So Small? Ed Sheeran’s guitars are so small because he prefers the feel and sound of 3/4 size guitars compared to full-size guitars. The smaller body creates a different type of guitar tone which suits Ed Sheeran’s style of music.

Can a guitar be too small for you?

Right behind the frets. And on the very tips of your fingers. The last little physical technique tip is make sure not to kick your wrist too far one way or the other that can hurt.

What guitar neck is best for small hands?

People with small hands tend to have an easier time playing on flatter, thinner necks, which means that they will often benefit from a fretboard radius that is 12“ or above. This is why shred guitars like the John Petrucci Signature series for example, have a fretboard radius of 16″.



Are there guitars that are easier to play?

Electric guitars are generally the easiest to play: the strings are usually thinner, the ‘action’ is lower and therefore the strings are easier to press down. The necks are generally narrower too which can help in the early stages.

Are small guitars easier to play?

Generally speaking, the thinner the neck of the guitar, the easier it is to play. That’s why it’s important as a player with small hands to choose your neck shape carefully.