#1
Skill wise, I'm passed the basics. For about 12 years on and off up till now, I've been playing memorized tabs and basic chords. My pinky strength still sucks; and I just got into learning the CAGED system, and I can just barely make the G form and bar at the same time. The low A string is slightly muted cause I have small hands. My C, A, E, and D forms are clean but need practice. This is my 2nd day into CAGED. I'm currently reading Fretboard Logic.

I'm 26 and um, yeah, I have small hands for a male (I'm 5'6"). But I still want to play some crazy metal lead guitar. What do you think my potential is? And how is a hand measured and what is considered small? Should I get a guitar tendered for smaller male hands?
#3
Hm. I was thinking maybe we should start a hand size thread: Participants would give their hand dimensions and describe their skill level with maybe youtube clips or sound bytes of them playing. We could organize the list by hand size and skill.

I think that would give a better gauge to someone who thinks their hands are too small.
#4
omg just watch the youtube video!!!
I suggest you buy an ibanez the wizard necks are really thin so even small fingers can do up and down the fretboard.
I can suggest what guitar you should get if you tell me what genres you play, budget, amp situation...
#5
Quote by ajsguitar
Hm. I was thinking maybe we should start a hand size thread: Participants would give their hand dimensions and describe their skill level with maybe youtube clips or sound bytes of them playing. We could organize the list by hand size and skill.

I think that would give a better gauge to someone who thinks their hands are too small.

eek. i love graphs!
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#6
Quote by DeadSoloist
omg just watch the youtube video!!!
I suggest you buy an ibanez the wizard necks are really thin so even small fingers can do up and down the fretboard.
I can suggest what guitar you should get if you tell me what genres you play, budget, amp situation...


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Last edited by ajsguitar at May 24, 2010,
#8
@ innertom: LOL
@ ajsguitar : tell me your budget and what amp you have. If you dont have an amp tell me your amp budget and guitar budget.
#9
Just small hands, lol. I have a Fender Frontman Reverb Amp. I know nothing about it. It came with my Fender Strat.
#11
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#12
Quote by ajsguitar
Skill wise, I'm passed the basics. For about 12 years on and off up till now, I've been playing memorized tabs and basic chords. My pinky strength still sucks; and I just got into learning the CAGED system, and I can just barely make the G form and bar at the same time. The low A string is slightly muted cause I have small hands. My C, A, E, and D forms are clean but need practice. This is my 2nd day into CAGED. I'm currently reading Fretboard Logic.

I'm 26 and um, yeah, I have small hands for a male (I'm 5'6"). But I still want to play some crazy metal lead guitar. What do you think my potential is? And how is a hand measured and what is considered small? Should I get a guitar tendered for smaller male hands?


To answer your original question: Your potential is a good as anyone else's, technique and posture factor into it infinitely more than hand size ever will to the point where hand size is more or less irrelevant.


However you need a couple of home truths told to you:

You are not "passed" the basics, firstly because it's "past" in that exact context; either you "are past" or you "have passed".

Secondly, you cannot possibly have got even close to mastering the rudiments of the most basic levels of technique if you have trouble with ANY basic open chord or barre form.

Thirdly, you never really get past the basics; all advanced technique is simply basic ideas taken to extremes of precision, speed and efficiency, the only way you can become an awesome player is by practicing the basics until they're as good as they possibly can be which is a continuous unwinnable war anyway.

Quote by DeadSoloist
don't get a guitar tendered buy a guitar with a thin neck...
You still have the potential to shred look at that japanese kid that does the crazy train cover he can shred...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMD_L8IDZnc


That Japanese kid is nothing Compared to Anton Oparin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdgACLA2vO0) and Sungha Jung (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgVqX0a49HM) anyway, he just gets the "awww" vote because he's tiny.
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#13
Another guitarist that sports small hand syndrome is Michael Romeo, he's amazing. You just need to let your fingers loosen up a bit, it will happen eventually you just have to practice. When you first begun, did you find it hard to do a powerchord, think the stretch was impossible? I did, now i'm playing Gilbert string skip arpeggios etc. Just stick at it Your potential is as great as your comitment and love of music.
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#15
Yeah, Michael Romeo is incredible. Search on you tube and watch him play Sea of Lies - that opening lick has a stretch on frets 3-7-6-7, a tricky one to do because the pinky and ring finger have to both scooch all the way over, and despite the small hands, he plays it with absolutely no trouble at all.
#16
You don't need to compare yourself to pros and virtuosos either - my next door neighbours 9 year old is a normal kid, with normal 9 year old sized hands, and she can play barre chords cleanly on a full size guitar no problem - she got there by practicing regularly and making sure her technique is good.

Edit: Age has nothing to do with it either. It might mean by the time you are good you have too many responsibilities to try and make a career out of music, but there's nothing but yourself to stop you becoming as good as you want to be.
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#19
To answer your original question: Your potential is a good as anyone else's, technique and posture factor into it infinitely more than hand size ever will to the point where hand size is more or less irrelevant.

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#20
I'll second Michael Romeo. Don't worry, I know how you feel. My hands are like an average girls (and I'm 6 feet tall!!!)


Oh yeah, and Shawn Lane is practically physical identical to Romeo, and also has small hands

Hardest chord in the world: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj6U9qFJNF4

Pretty fast too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbPTeFta4lw
The part you're interested in is at 1:50
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#21
Quote by DeadSoloist
don't get a guitar tendered buy a guitar with a thin neck...
You still have the potential to shred look at that japanese kid that does the crazy train cover he can shred...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMD_L8IDZnc

Wow.... just... wow. Only in Japan.
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