#1
So, here's the deal. I got these huge behemoth hands and a small fret board on my guitar. I got an Epiphone SG, now my fingers don't even seperate that much, like about 2 inches from eachother.

I was just trying to play the outro to floods and it felt like my pinky wanted to dislocate every time i tried hitting a note with it, and the notes are only like 2 frets away from eachother. So i looked up videos on youtube and I noticed that all the people playing this song are really skinny and they have banana fingers and they can like spread their hand over like 6 or 7 frets... So my question is do I even have a chance with these fat, unflexible fingers of mine? Do I need to do months of finger exercises just to do a simple outro solo?
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#2
No, if you just keep practicing the solo, you'll get it; but don't cheat yourself out of doing exercises. They are pretty crucial to becoming more familiar with your fretboard.
#3
its just practice. and finger excersises will help when i started, i couldn't stretch my fingers past 5 frets, I'm now making 8 fret stretches (on frets 1-8) and can stretch from 12-24 easy (cant do that on my dad's Strat cause of the cut away.)
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#4
Keep practicing.

Just look at Johnny Hiland...
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#5
There are plenty of shredders with "fat" fingers. Have you being playing long? Cause I reckon you just need to keep training your hands
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#6
I have the same issue as you, though not nearly as bad. Over years I've managed to train myself to stretch them farther and farther. 4 years ago I could barely reach my first finger, first fret to fourth finger, fifth fret. Now I'm able to reach up to the 6th and almost 7th.

Just keep at it and keep pushing your stretching limits.
#7
your good dude. I use to think i had pretty big fingers too, and thought i'd probably never be able to play guitar.

So in beleiving this, when I started playing music I started playing bass. That made more sense to me, bigger strings, bigger spaces, bigger frets, all go along with bigger fingers.

Well that worked out pretty well, but come to find out I just proved myself wrong when I started playing guitar. I play guitar fine now, with no problems. I laugh at myself when I think about my old excuses.

As far as your finger stretching goes.. Thats just somthing you have to adapt to. It all comes with time, and nobody can pick up a guitar and stretch 6 or 7 frets within the first few months of playing, everybodys fingers need time to stretch and such.

You can buy a gripmaster to help you out a little though. Thier about 20 bucks and if you make a habit out of them, they acctually end up paying off pretty well.
#9
yngwie, shawn lane, micheal romeo, and some others i cant think of right now have pretty huge hands, but they are some of the best guitarists in the world

or if you wanna be like paul gilbert get liposuction
#10
just play like
15 17 19 up and down until you're comfortable with it, then slide over and play 14-16-18
and keep sliding down til you get to 1-3-5.
and hopefully your flexibility would have improved by then so you can go back and play like 12-15-18 and then 12-16-20
#11
It's not an issue my friend...just do some stretching exercises before you play.....see John Petrucci's Rock Discipline DVD for some good warm up exercises...
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its just practice. and finger excersises will help when i started, i couldn't stretch my fingers past 5 frets, I'm now making 8 fret stretches (on frets 1-8) and can stretch from 12-24 easy (cant do that on my dad's Strat cause of the cut away.)


how old are you and how long do you play guitar? because i can only stretch from 1 to 6 (index finger on the 1st fret and pinky on the 6th of course)
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#13
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wow very cool. I like this guy, but if you notice somthing about his fingers, he barely ever uses his pinky. Which is completely okay, obviously, but I find it easier to build those pinky muscles, for easier reaches and such.
#15
I can stretch from 1-9 as well but it doesn't mean I can actually play pull off licks at that distance.

Being able to stretch a distance and play at that distance are 2 different things.
#16
Alright good to know all i need to do is keep playing, as apposed to buying a new guitar or going through hours of lessons.

Also, no i'm not fat, but i'm really muscular and my fingers aren't used to the delicate needs of playing the guitar. So when I'm playing I push really hard down on the notes so i can't really stretch my fingers when they are stiff as a board.
But I guess all this will come in time.

Unless I get liposuction on my hands?
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Alright good to know all i need to do is keep playing, as apposed to buying a new guitar or going through hours of lessons.

Also, no i'm not fat, but i'm really muscular and my fingers aren't used to the delicate needs of playing the guitar. So when I'm playing I push really hard down on the notes so i can't really stretch my fingers when they are stiff as a board.
But I guess all this will come in time.

Unless I get liposuction on my hands?


Yea, just gotta relax more and it will be a lot easier on yourself to pay things.
#18
Look at Johnny Hiland. He's fat and has huge sausage fingers and can play really well.
#19
yeah dude, dont go pushing really hard on the strings or you will tire yourself out. You want to push down just behind each of the fret bars.

the only time your gonna be pushing down really hard is when your learning bare chords, which are a pain in the ass.

learn some simple scales. like A minor. keep playing a minor every time you pick up your guitar and you'll see improvements within days I assure you.
#20
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I can stretch from 1-9 as well but it doesn't mean I can actually play pull off licks at that distance.

Being able to stretch a distance and play at that distance are 2 different things.

I can only stretch 1-5, doesn't really limit my playing speed. damn, 1-9. Are you paul gilbert?
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#21
hendrix had some monsterous hands right?


just practice, i have smaller hands and couldnt really do much more than a super painful 6 fret stretch when i started, after about a year and a half of practice i could do almost an 8 fret stretch.

then again, that was about a year ago, who knows where i at now
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