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  • fingers on the blues shuffle

    Posted by GJA on March 5, 2022 at 10:24 am

    Trying to copy what Tony does with the ring finger and index finger fretting. However, his hands are much bigger than mine. The ease of just putting down his ring finger with little movement is not possible for me. It is a much bigger move for me. Is it normal that I make a bigger move or will I need to put my fingers in traction for a while to get the same minimal stretch that he demonstrates?

    Dean-Staff replied 2 years, 1 month ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Loraine

    March 5, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    @GJA Welcome to the TAC community! Don’t pull out the traction machine just yet. You correctly pointed out that Tony’s hands are larger. I think he has spider fingers, and remember, he’s been playing for decades and has more dexterity in his hands. It is actually pretty normal for players to have to move their hand for the wider stretches, I suggest you take the stretching skills course to learn to limber up before and after playing. You can put a capo higher on the fretboard, where the frets are closer together. I typically place it on 5th fret, and then I practice the lesson as if the capo were the nut of the guitar. Lastly, your hands/fingers will become more flexible the more you practice. Hope this helps.

  • Dean-Staff

    March 5, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    I’m having the same issue. I’ve actually been trying to learn since October with other courses, and the dexterity issues have been frustrating for me, and have caused me to put the guitar down for weeks at a time.

    I read Loraine’s response to your post, and I will definitely go looking for the Stretching Skills course to see if this helps me.

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