Ask Tyler: “Are my hands too small to play guitar?”

Hello, my friend Lee friends. Mr. Tyler Preston here back coming at you with another lesson in today’s lesson. We’re going to be answering a question for the ask Tyler series. Today’s question is Tyler on my hands too small to play guitar.

And I’m here to tell you that no your hands are not too small to play guitar. So let’s chat about it. Look here’s the thing when it comes to learning guitar and feeling like your hands are too small what you’re really feeling is that the the guitar feels awkward in your hands. Okay. Now, I know you’re sitting here you’re looking at my at my pause here and you’re like man, his hands are massive. I do have fairly large hands. This is also a fairly small guitar If

If you are worried that your hands are too small. You’ve got a couple options. Your first option is to just don’t play guitar, you know, like if you legit think your hands are too small and that’s going to be a sticking point for you. Then just go learn. Ukulele, you know, I don’t want to discourage you because I don’t think anybody’s hands of two smaller guitar, but sometimes that’s what people want to hear like. Yeah. All right, sure are my hands too small? Yeah, your hands are too small. Get out of here go play. Ukulele but I don’t really think that case. Oh here are some

Common issues that people run into one when you start to play chords like the G chord this guy right here. It feels really weird. All right, this is not a normal. Yeah. This is not a normal position. We put our hands in on a day-to-day basis. I hope you know unless you’re like a road rage driver or something like that, but

It feels weird to put your hands in positions on the guitar and like yeah, there are positions where it’s like a big stretch. Like that’s a big stretch. Okay, that’s a big one. But even somebody with smaller hands than me could do that and still get the same chord that I’m hanging here. This is a minor 7 chord, but it feels funny. Okay. And so when you get into playing these bigger chord shapes and stuff which you got to do is give yourself time stretch your hands. Okay, because your hands will develop the ability to spread out and stretch.

And nine point nine nine out of ten times your hands are not too small. It is just that your hands feel like weird and uncomfortable playing these kind of big chord shapes. The other thing that you can do is there are alternate fingerings for almost every chord. Like for instance the G chord common sticking point k a more comfortable way to play that one for beginners is to skip using the first finger because first finger out all the way across the fretboard there kind of a long reach. It feels long.

I’ve been like this. This is a lot more ergonomic position. Okay, second finger on the a string third finger on the G string. I’m not here to teach you the alternate fingering. I’m here to tell you that your hands are too small. You could find ways to work around the other option here always is get a smaller instrument, you know, realistically a decent guitar brand-new that is going to work great for a beginner runs less than $200 K. So I know that’s a bit of a stretch for some of you.

Totally understandable but a couple months of work save a few bucks here there you can get $200 if you want to play guitar. I know you can the guitar that I always recommend for beginners especially folks who are concerned about their hands being too small is the Gretsch jim-dandy. Okay, and I’ll put a link to the that guitar in the lesson notes at Tyler since you can check it out the Gretsch Jim Dandy is like this guitar. This is my guitar Eliza Jane to talk with me Nene.

Yorker and it’s a small body guitar K. The Gretsch Jim. Dandy is the same. It’s a parlor size. So it’s got a small body and then the neck is just a little smaller just a little thinner. The strings are just a little closer together than larger acoustic guitars, which are typically referred to as concert size or even larger. There’s dreadknots and Jumbo’s so lean towards getting a smaller guitar another great option for that is the Taylor GS.

A little more expensive but excellent guitar had an old girlfriend who had one of those really loved it. And then you can also look into 3/4 size student guitars. There’s three core size nylon strings and 3/4 size steel strings, but bottom line boys and girls your hands are not too small to learn guitar. You can either learn to stretch your hands further and play a standard guitar. I have seen seven eight and nine-year-olds play full-size guitars with no problem with their tiny little 7

and eight and nine year old hands the can be done. But if you really are concerned about the other option that you have get a smaller guitar they exist. They’re out there. They’re not even that expensive. So I hope that answers your question. I hope that gives you some confidence and some hope that even if you are a smaller person with smaller hands that you can learn guitar and that you will if you want to as always if you got questions for the ask Tyler series, please hit me up. I’m available all day every day.

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Tyler Preston

Tyler Preston

National touring singer-songwriter & music teacher. I'm a country boy at heart, but I paid my dues singin' the blues. Find me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.