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Cosmin Lupu
post Aug 8 2011, 10:42 PM
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They help us make the guitar sing, cry and scream smile.gif how are yours?

For instance, I've got big hands and long fingers - that always helped me achieve large stretches without too much fuss biggrin.gif

What are the things your hand and fingers size helps you with when playing?


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post Aug 8 2011, 11:54 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Aug 8 2011, 05:42 PM) *
They help us make the guitar sing, cry and scream smile.gif how are yours?

For instance, I've got big hands and long fingers - that always helped me achieve large stretches without too much fuss biggrin.gif

What are the things your hand and fingers size helps you with when playing?


Great question/thread! I really wish I had long Paul Gilbert fingers wink.gif I don't. The thing that has helped me the most was developing my finger strength. Everything else sort of stems from that. Using various techniques like going "thumbless" (just playing with your left thumb off the neck), and doing open finger snaps (just bringing thumb and fingertip together until you hear a snap/pop sound) helped me work up my finger power. smile.gif

Once you can play solo's with just your left hand, congrats your hands are strong smile.gif At that point, your picking is more about tone than anything else. Here is a one handed solo I did for a recent collab.



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Adrian Figallo
post Aug 9 2011, 05:37 AM
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i have short and strong fingers, i cant do stretches too much, but i can bend baby biggrin.gif


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post Aug 9 2011, 10:31 AM
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I think I have average size hands but because I'm not particularly tall then I guess by default that makes my hands small. Like, Adrian I learned to bend, Baby !! That gives you strength... but I also wanted to be able to run through fast runs so I had to develop my fingers to be able to play 3 note per string runs. After my fingers got used to that I naturally progressed to bigger stretches.. it's all just natural. Don't think about stretching your hands, just think about what it is you want to play and, before you know it, your hands have naturally developed to accomodate your new demands ! smile.gif


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post Aug 9 2011, 12:51 PM
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I got big hands and short fingers for what ithink


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post Aug 9 2011, 08:19 PM
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I think my hands are small but long fingers. Steve Vai and Paul Gilbert are abnormal.


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I have big hands and long fingers... I'm happy with them! smile.gif


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Let me see i have skinny fingers long fingers. i can stretch from 5 fret to 11 fret so i will assume that i have long fingers!
i am happy with my hands, if i lost them, i would for sure get another pair. They are Awesome, for everything related with hands and manual works!


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I think I am average. I don't know if I really have thought about it much. They do the job. smile.gif


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post Aug 9 2011, 09:06 PM
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Well, check out Michael Romeo biggrin.gif he's got a pair of chubby hands, but boy can that dude play! And the same goes for Johnny Hiland!!


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post Aug 10 2011, 05:00 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Aug 9 2011, 04:31 AM) *
Don't think about stretching your hands, just think about what it is you want to play and, before you know it, your hands have naturally developed to accomodate your new demands ! smile.gif


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post Aug 10 2011, 08:35 AM
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I have normal hands, and slightly longer fingers. I don't see it as an advantage, I've seen people with short fingers that can kill the guitar wink.gif


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