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I hate my little fingers

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Rasputin13, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. shadoogie

    shadoogie Strat-O-Master

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    Another related question. ....How does a left handed player play chords on a guitar that hasn't been restrung. Ive seen it done but i dont know how they do it.
     

  2. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    They learn to play them upside down.
     
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  3. CigBurn

    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    OPs chord is really similar to the shape used to play an open C or F, so it might help to think of it in similar terms. I think with a bit of practice they'll have it down in no time.

    Stick with it @Rasputin13 and you'll be kicking its butt in no time. :)
     
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  4. johnnymg

    johnnymg Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    Can you link the web page for that "app" please.

    thanks
    JohnG
     

  5. shadoogie

    shadoogie Strat-O-Master

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    Are they contortionists its impossible.
     

  6. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I know several players who will pick up a right handed guitar, turn it over and play it. I also know one right hander who will do the same with a left handed guitar (his brother is one of the left handers already mentioned). It's definitely not impossible, they don't even make it look difficult.
     

  7. ChaplainMike

    ChaplainMike Strat-Talk Member

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    I've got little AND fat fingers. It's taken years but there's very few chords I can't play. The ones I can't I just do cheater half chords. Keep stretching! You'll get it.
     
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  8. otto6457

    otto6457 Strat-O-Master

    Obligatory creepy North Korean "kids playing guitar" video. Their tiny fingers on those huge looking classical guitar necks is just not right for some reason.

     
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  9. Omar

    Omar عمر Strat-Talk Supporter

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  10. shadoogie

    shadoogie Strat-O-Master

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    How do they play barre chords? You'd have to have your fingers on back to front.
     

  11. shadoogie

    shadoogie Strat-O-Master

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  12. shadoogie

    shadoogie Strat-O-Master

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  13. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I can manage to play my guitar left handed, but I'm a left hander that plays back to front on a right handed guitar 99% of the time. :D
     

  14. shadoogie

    shadoogie Strat-O-Master

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    As Victor Meldrew would say....."I DONT BELIVE IT!"
     

  15. shadoogie

    shadoogie Strat-O-Master

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    Even barre chords?
     

  16. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    In my own little world
     

  17. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    And this fella strings his upside down and just about gets away with it.

     

  18. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
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    That's another good point; you gotta place your thumb to not only get the leverage needed to press everything cleanly, but to also fret cleanly on a lot of the more complicated chord patterns. If you do a thumb-over thing as I've sort of sloppily been doing lately, you hit the strings at an angle and you have more finger area in contact with the strings. Both of these things make it more likely that you'll wind up muting certain members of the chord, and both are corrected by lowering the thumb and pushing on the center of the neck.
     
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  19. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    If you have an iPhone or iPad, just search for "Chordbank" in the App Store.
     
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  20. Keith268

    Keith268 Strat-Talk Member

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    I have decided to embrace whatever I thought was holding me back and overcome it.
     
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