#1
I have been learning to play guitar for about a year now. I must say coming from a percussion background the rythm part is okay but watching other guitar play piece together stuff makes you feel like your a million years away from being able to play "good"

I have encountered a problem with my pinky, mainly passed the 12th fret. I have been using the -----1 2 3 4---- excerises to help build my speed and strength of all my fingers
------1 2 3 4----
however when I get passed the 12th fret I find that I must bend the guitar more towards the ceiling to be able to reach with my pinky. I know its noobish question/concern but I really dont know how to fix it unless I just tilt the guitar more upwards.... I dont have the biggest fingers so maybe thats part of my problem??? Please let me know your thoughts.. sorry for sound all noobish...
#2
How about playing the guitar in the classical position?
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The guitar tends to be tilted anyway when playing standing up for ?most? players anyway.

But if you want to be able to play with the guitar horizontal, then posting a picture of you holding the neck would help identify the problem.