Bernhard Heimann wrote: ↑
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:30 pm
Andrew Pohlman wrote: ↑
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:49 pm
Biology definitely affects our musical ability. If you look at the hands of adept guitarists, they always tend to have really long fingers.
Do they really? I always thought that there are professional players with remarkably short fingers like Matthew McAllister.
But of course, biology can make things easier in many cases. It is a helpful prerequisite, but not necessary in most cases.
I will add something to the OP: fingers length is not the only factor determinated by biology: our phyisical system is VERY complex and very different from person to person.
The lenght of our arms, the proportion of the forearms, rotation of shoulder, pronation and rotation of wrists, EACH our our phalanx, our joints, consitution of flexors, extensor, elasticity, etc... etc..., etc.... it is determinated by everything. And also our mental system also very complex.
I also do believe long fingers is not entirely demanding for guitarists, maybe for pianist who want to play Liszt or Rachmaninoff piecec which uses heavy distentions (10th intervals), but for most guitar pieces not... the only places where very long fingers are helpful are for some bars in Barrios' Las Abejas and on two bars of Lauro's Waltz 3, where there are super stretches with notes which must be maintained for the whole bar of large part of it.
As you said, McAllister might have overall short fingers, and he compensates that with other anatomic features.
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