musicake wrote: I was convinced that I couldn't do anything about my small hands and my inability to reach. However, a few years later and I scarcely notice that my guitar which was previously "too large" is now a very good fit, I can make most reaches quite comfortably (for example index finger on 6th string g, middle finger on 3rd string d and little finger on 1st string b)
I'm sure that with a little practice you'll be able to manage the scale of your guitar- after all you've got a good inch on my span to manage 1.4cm more scale length! All you need is some stretching (although scale length is a pretty good reason to get a new guitar )
lucy wrote:I was interested to read this, as I also have small hands - only a 7 inch stretch. I haven't got my guitar to hand, but I'm fairly certain that I can just manage that stretch you describe above. However, in spite of this I still find some passages in more difficult music very challenging. I'm probably ok with anything up to Grade 7 and most of Grade 8 level. However, diploma level seems like a different story, with such pieces as La Catedral, Dowland Fantasia No.7, Barrios and arrangements of Albeniz.
You said in another thread you were at a conservatory, so presumably you play pieces of this level. I'm now wondering whether my fingers are shorter than yours? Earlier this year I ordered a 640mm scale guitar which will also have a neck width of 50mm (not 52mm) and I'm hoping this will help. If not, perhaps I will have to put it down to lack of technique!
musicake wrote: As for short fingers- I'm convinced that mine are very short! My longest finger is just under 7cm, and the shortest just over 5cm... so they really do cause problems!
simonm wrote:If you look on you tube you will see very young kids playing full size guitars that look bigger than they are.
pablus wrote:I played 640mm for more than 2 years. Once my fingers got used to it, every time I picked out
my flamenco guitar, 650mm, I felt like it was a very big instrument. I sold my 640mm eventually since not only it
did not improve my playing but I got a bit of unwanted tension in my left hand. The reason for that was that
my 640mm got string spacing at nut a bit too narrow for me (I like 43.5mm). My hand span is around 8".
My lesson is that the most important parameters in a guitar are string spacing (at nut and saddle)
and neck thicnkess (I like very thin). Try to optimize these things first.
Finally, if my hand span was 7" I would definitely go with 640mm or even 630mm.
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