Can Hand Size Hold You Back From Playing Guitar?

"My hands are too small. I can't play the guitar" - I've heard this excuse from many beginner players, as well as many people who refuse to even pick up an instrument. However, is there any truth to this? Can your hands actually be too small to play?

Being a guitar player with small hands can sometimes feel very frustrating. It can be annoying to watch players with larger hands reach for chords like its seemingly nothing. I know this feeling all too well because my hands are smaller too.

This is the part where I want to tell you about some new innovative way that you can lengthen your hands. Unfortunately, that is simply not a thing.

I can tell you, however, that even with small fingers, there are certain techniques that can be used to expand your reach on the fretboard. This means that even you can reach the same chords that everyone else is playing. Here is how:

It only takes a slight change in your hand positioning to make a great change on your reach on the guitar!

Tommaso Zillio is a professional prog rock/metal guitarist and composer based in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

Tommaso is currently working on an instrumental CD, and an instructional series on fretboard visualization and exotic scales. He is your go-to guy for any and all music theory-related questions.

Tommaso Zillio

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