celestemcc wrote: ↑
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:49 pm
proper technique should allow you to play any scale.
Hypothetically that makes sense, but in reality a smaller hand may just need smaller frets, a larger one larger frets. Good technique of course helps, but it can't solve everything.
Right! I agree with you almost entirely, but I think that almost any young child has the potential to overcome the limitations of their size, as evidenced by watching Ana or other talented prodigies if you will.
This is why I said if only we could turn back time, because- for the most part- only then might we be able to overcome the anatomical limitations we may or may not have been born with.
I can't imagine my fingers moving in such a way, primarily because I haven't devoted my entire lifetime to the study of classical guitar. But I can still play at a pretty good level, and I concur that shorter scales are necessary for many players.
Perhaps we can conclude that with age our instruments need to align with our anatomy more, rather than molding our anatomy to our instruments, as seems easier in youth. Then again an instrument that is comfortable to play and not injurious should be the first priority.
One other thing to mention is that many of these difficulties arise due to much of the repertoire of Classical Guitar including transcriptions of music not written for guitar. And the music that was written for it was in fact written for shorter scale instruments.
"Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic." -Jean Sibelius