Hi - I have played 650mm all my life, and can even play pieces with eyes closed. I am very interested in getting a Cordoba Mini II, but am worried that if I play the latter too much I will lose all (muscle) memory on the 650mm, and will not be able to play with my eyes closed. Does that ever happen? Does the brain enable equal ability for both scales? Thanks.Peter Frary wrote: ↑Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:37 amI'm 5'8" and have medium sized hands and play '65 and '92 Ramirez 1-A guitars. No problems with reach but I'd played the '65 1-A since I was 18 and I'm now 64. Your hands adjust and everything works fine. However when I first tried a 650mm scale I was buzzing and muting strings like crazy. Of course after a month or so I got used to the 650 and can easily switch between multiple scales with only a few seconds of transition. No problems jumping on an requinto, ukulele or mandolin either, albeit those instrument took me many months to adjust to. I think the brain struggles at first, learns the new pathways after much practice and everything is automatic after that. However, for classical pieces I prefer the 664—there's a lot more room to get things done. What I find really difficult to adjust to is having more than six strings. A few extra basses and my brain does summersaults...
Um... no. Everyone's different. No need to defend any given scale length... yep, we do adapt (I know this for sure! ). But if a smaller scale makes it easier to play, all else being equal, it's not worth the hassle of fighting larger instrument. Classical guitar is difficult enough as it is.soltirefa wrote: ↑Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:38 pmSomething I have noticed in myself -
You begin contemplating a short scale guitar as the solution to your inability to play certain difficult parts in pieces and your brain stops finding solutions on a normal scale (650mm) guitar. It's like you convince yourself you can't do it, so your brain believes it. It's like a computer program. You program it to say "you can't" and the computer acts accordingly.
I remember hearing the story of Roger Bannister who was the first person to break the 4-minute mile. Until that happened people assumed it was impossible to break the 4-minute mile. As soon as Bannister did it, soon after many runners did it also.
Moral of the story - believe that the 650mm guitar is the perfect scale and easier to play than a shorter scale guitar. Suddenly you will experience your brain finding solutions.
Fair enough. I will maintain though that while there are no absolutes, the effect of convincing yourself you "can't" does exist.Um... no. Everyone's different. No need to defend any given scale length... yep, we do adapt (I know this for sure! ). But if a smaller scale makes it easier to play, all else being equal, it's not worth the hassle of fighting larger instrument. Classical guitar is difficult enough as it is.