robin loops wrote:
I just noticed the humor in the title of this thread...
"Scale length and neck width versus hand size"
Makes it sound as if the two are somehow at odds with each other... With the guitar being one of instruments that presents the most ergonomic problems, that is so true!
I suppose in many ways it's US Versus THE GUITAR
All instruments present ergonomic problems... guitar is probably not the worst it is one of the better ones...
Playing piano you condemned to sit... playing violin - neck, chin, hands position not ergonomic at all and there is no way to change it... playing flute - we crooked on one side... etc. - with guitar we have choices, we could sit or stand, have guitars of different sizes, and if our guitars are not too large for us we can put our hands not far from our bodies and would not have to have that much strain and stress as it could be in the case of some other major music instruments!
but I'm totally disagree with this pinky-thumb *correlation* approach...
It is too simplistic because:
1. If someone wants to make any correlations in this then, not one, but many measurements should be used.
a) the whole length of the hand
b) the length of the hand between elbow and thumb
c) the size of shoulders
d) the size of the chest
e) age of the player
f) the physical condition of the person - because different people has different speed, power, could do different stretches...
g) guitar playing level and experience
and other things etc.
Guitar is an instrument with which we do a lot of work, in this work we use many parts of our body and it is a way too simplistic to thing that our playing will be best and depends only on distance between two fingers and size of guitar...
my right hand is between pinky and thumb - !! 260 mm !!
according to this I should play 664 mm ??
But I hate 664 mm guitar, and prefer 650mm scale and 42mm between 1 and 6 string, or shorter (I'm fine with 550 mm Lute)
If someone wants to make a formula like that - then he should use not pinky-thumb versus scale length but all points which I mentioned and even more...
Then it would be helpful and useful correlation.
And larger guitar will demand lot more strength and stretch and work from your back, shoulders, neck, hands etc.
from the person who have more distance between pinky-thumb, but much less strength and stretch abilities ?
And then this person will have problems/pain etc. because of following advice (according pinky-thumb versus scale length table ) about *proper* size of guitar for him...
I'd better speak by music...Please listen my guitar at Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, etc.