Julian Ward wrote:Mr Kite I tried the thing you said and my pinky points inwards towards my thumb - I am not able to rotate it by any significant amount yet to me reaching that chord is easy.
Hmm, in that case, do you have your pinky straight when playing this chord?
With the pinky bent I can only reach the D#, and am not even very close to the fret. If I straighten the pinky I can reach the E, but then I lose the Bb (muted by 3). If I reach for the F, both 2 and 3 come off their frets leaving me with just the bar.
Julian Ward wrote:I am currently teaching a lad electric guitar in school and the shape of his hand totally prevents him playing a simple 3 fingered power chord! Totally strange - in his case, his pinky is set much lower down on his hand, the knuckle joint is lower and that also gives him a short pinky (in effect)... Maybe a similar issue?
That is curious... my pinky is short (the end is level with the tip joint of my ring finger) but I can make that shape with 1 and 3 on the top 2 strings and still reach the bottom string with my pinky, at least on an electric.
There definitely seems to be a lot of variation in people's hand shapes. If you think of 1 and 2 as a pair and 3 and 4 as another pair, the two pairs tend to face each other to some extent when the hand is curled, but this is much more pronounced in some people than others. I think it is a question of the knuckles being set in rotation (on an axis looking down the hand and fingers with the fingers outstretched) with respect to each other. The ability to rotate the fingers at the knuckle would make about a gazillion new chords possible for me, but it doesn't seem to be something you can develop.
lagartija wrote:Rotation? Do you mean the angle formed by index finger and pinky if you drew a line down each into the palm?
For me, that angle is greater than 90 degrees.
Yes, I think that's the same thing - with the fingers curled but the hand otherwise relaxed, the fingers all seem to point to the bottom left corner of the hand, so if you projected the lines of the tips of the pinky and index fingers, they would meet around there. For me - still with the hand relaxed - the angle between them is maybe 40 degrees. If you then spread the fingers from the knuckles, the pinky points more to the base of the thumb, which in my case gives an angle of more like 90 degrees, and therefore less reach. If I could make this angle zero, by rotating the pinky at the knuckle, the chord would be easy. That's why I was wondering whether Julian's pinky was less rotated with respect to his index finger.
Just a hunch but it may just be that you are able to spread your LH fingers further apart than your RH fingers, and that the splay is the same on both hands for the same spread.
I know what you mean about the time thing