“How do I deal with my small hands?”
This is probably one of the most asked questions when it comes to guitar playing, and especially for people who start out. That’s perfectly understandable! It can be extremely frustrating at first if you’re trying to play your favourite song and your fingers just seem too fat for the chords.
Here’s a few useful tips to help you deal with your small hands.
Use a capo
A capo is a great way for guitar players with smaller hands to play chords that would otherwise be difficult. It works by changing the key of whatever instrument your playing, so if you’re playing “Wonderwall” and it’s too hard to play the chords, just put a capo on and play in G major instead. It’s much easier to play this way!
Practice making chord shapes with your fingers.
This is definitely one of my favourite tips for guitar players with small hands. If you’re struggling playing barre chords (which use your index finger and ring finger to hold down the frets) then just play a barre chord shape without pressing down any of the strings. Your fingers will still be in the right place and this is a good way to practice making those chords with your small fingers!
Use a thinner pick
Using a thicker pick can also make it harder for guitar players with small hands to play chords. A thinner pick can be easier to hold and create chord shapes with, so it’s definitely worth a try!
Buy a smaller guitar
There is such thing as child sized guitars, so if your parents are nice enough they may get you one for Christmas or your birthday! They’re usually about half the size of a normal guitar, which is perfect for small hands.
Practice, practice, practice
The more you practise playing guitar the stronger your fingers will become! It’s just like any other muscle in your body; if you want them to get bigger you have to exercise them! So keep playing and all your practice will pay off.
Don’t give up
There’s nothing wrong with admitting that you’re not the best guitar player in the world, but don’t ever let this stop you from picking up an instrument. It takes time to learn how to play songs, especially if you have small hands. So take it slowly, don’t try and rush the process, and learn as much as you can!
The bottom line
There’s no easy solution if you have small hands. The best thing to do is just keep practising and don’t be too hard on yourself! You’ll get there…eventually.
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