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Old 09-10-2010, 04:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First off, I am new here! I just bought a guitar today and want to learn to play. My favorite artist is Jimmy Eat world, and to get my feet wet, I am starting with slower songs and the like. Anyways, I did get a 7/8 guitar (something like that?) and i was wondering if a larger guitar would help with my 'fat-fingers' problems. Thank guys, I appreciate the help!
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Shouldn't be a problem once you get things down via practice. Its rare you'll find a guitar with the strings spaced too closely together.
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Old 09-11-2010, 03:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, that is something I was worried about in my first days of playing. Eventually you will learn to place your fingers in just the right spots to get each chord to sound out fully. There are some tight ones, of course, but nothing is impossible.

There are always more liberally spaces guitars out there, though, if that is really what makes it comfortable for you. The right guitar is out there for everyone.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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First off, I am new here! I just bought a guitar today and want to learn to play. My favorite artist is Jimmy Eat world, and to get my feet wet, I am starting with slower songs and the like. Anyways, I did get a 7/8 guitar (something like that?) and i was wondering if a larger guitar would help with my 'fat-fingers' problems. Thank guys, I appreciate the help!
so... a week ago you came by asking about what guitar to buy. i advised you to wait until you could actually afford a decent starting one (in that thread stick-ied at the top of the page posts #20 and #23 respectively). sorry if my answer wasn't the nicest but at the same time you were asking about a guitar from an electronics and appliance store, it was sarcasm or nothing when tearing apart their ad.

now you jumped ahead and got a smaller scale guitar and are basically wondering about replacing it. within a week. please tell me it's not from Best Buy.

your first day with the instrument is not the time to be trying to learn new songs. you'll just discourage yourself. you need to learn how to walk before you can run and you need to learn how to walk without staring at your feet before you can honestly consider running.

basically, you should be learning chords and practicing at changing between your chords for the first week or so at least. by all means do look through some song tabs and chord charts to see if you spot something that looks really easy ('About a Girl' by Nirvana is Em and G for the most part with an A tossed in there every now and again).

ultimately you need to slow down and recognize that NOTHING replaces practice and trying to skip ahead will only cause you problems in the future (are you even satisfied with your first instrument? doesn't sound like it, will you learn from this event when it comes time to buy a better one? will you even stick with playing long enough after having settled to start?).
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Old 09-15-2010, 05:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My man said his fingers are to fat n short but my bro told him that he felt same way when he first started to learn he had to "train" his fingers. My man got a silvertone guitar n my bro has i dunno how many both acustic n electric.
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:07 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My bro says you need learn the cords. Go to walmart get that poster with the cords and learn em as well good song my bro has taught my hubby to start learn with is the first cords of sweet dreams. start slow. It best way to learn weither u learn from tabs or music notes u need learn the cords... Most everyone i know has learn by ear playin or tabs they all start tabs ear playin comes easy when u know all the cords.
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Old 11-12-2010, 05:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have 'sausage fingers' as well. In the beginning, when you're trying to form good practicing habits and struggling with learning a new instrument, it might seem like the strings are too far apart. But they're not. It's just difficult to learn something new, and everyone wants to look for an 'easy out', from 'this guitar is too big for me', to 'the body shape is making it hard'. Almost always, it's not. Learn on what you have, and, after you're comfortable playing, try out some other models and sizes. See if it makes a difference. I'm betting it won't. Learning to play is difficult, stick with it!
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