Julian, if you hold your left hand so that you are looking straight at your fingernails (fingers curled as if playing) then spread your fingers as far apart as they will go, what angle is your pinky at with respect to your index finger? Are you able to rotate the pinky so that it points more inward or more outward, or is the amount of rotation fixed by the spread of the hand?Julian Ward wrote:Thats quite interesting. When I played around earlier I could also fret the F instead - so one fret up. I wonder if you are not getting correct separation between pinky and ring finger? When I teach students awkward stretches I often do exactly that - I get them to practise the shape or stretch as if it were worse! It actually can work. Here is something to try: practise it a couple of frets lower in pitch (this will in effect make the stretch worse). Maybe post a picture of your hand whilst playing this chord? Maybe there is another reason..?
Rotation? Do you mean the angle formed by index finger and pinky if you drew a line down each into the palm?Mr Kite wrote: .....then spread your fingers as far apart as they will go, what angle is your pinky at with respect to your index finger? Are you able to rotate the pinky so that it points more inward or more outward, or is the amount of rotation fixed by the spread of the hand?
Hmm, in that case, do you have your pinky straight when playing this chord?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.
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.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?
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.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.
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