The complaint of every beginner guitarist: My are too fat to play the guitar!

This is simply not true. There is no such thing as ‘fingers too fat to play the guitar’. Whether your fingers are fat, thin, long, or short, it does NOT matter. In fact, your hand’s size is COMPLETELY irrelevant to your ability to play the guitar. If you are facing this problem, then it is mostly because of one ( or maybe all) of the three mistakes EVERY beginner guitarist makes.

Reason Number 1:

Your hand position is incorrect.

No, don’t tell me that your hand position is not incorrect. In most cases with beginners, and ESPECIALLY those who are self-teaching, the issue is in your hand positioning.

Now, what is the correct hand position?

First off, your palm should NOT be resting on the back of the neck. Once again, your palm should NOT be resting on the back of the neck. This is not uncommon with starters. So be careful.

Reason Number 2:

Your fingers are not arched enough.

This is perhaps the most common. You are not curling your fingers properly or enough. The correct technique to pressing frets is by using the TIPS of the fingers. Otherwise, you will end up muting the neighboring strings.

At first, you will face some difficulties applying this. But it’s only a matter of TIME and CONSISTENT PRACTICE.

You weren’t born knowing how to walk. You fell, then you got up a hundred times before your feet muscles got strong enough to carry you. Same goes with the guitar. You need to develop your muscles  so you can play smoothly. Just don’t give up and you will get there.

Reason Number 3:

Your guitar position is not correct.

This does affect your ability to play notes properly.

The way to hold your guitar:

As a rule of thumb, the back of the guitar should be on your stomach. And let’s not forget that your back should be STRAIGHT, and your shoulders should be RELAXED. Posture plays a big role here.

The body of the guitar should lie on your right lap, assuming that it’s a right-handed guitar.

Finally, the neck of the guitar should be parallel to the ground.

PRACTICE, For God’s Sake!

I understand that it’s frustrating. I have been there, so I can relate. However, you won’t become a master by complaining. Instead, you will become a master of complaining.

My point is: Practice. Practice. And practice some more. That’s the only way to reach your goal.

Alternative Solution?

Sure, there is: Get a classical guitar.

As you might know, the necks of acoustic and electric guitars are about 1 11/16 inches wide. Classical guitars, however,  have 2″ wide necks.

So, if the reasons listed above are not your reasons, consider investing in a classical guitar.

Here are some good and beginner-friendly classicals:

Yamaha C40 Full Size Classical Guitar 

Rocket Full Size Classical Spanish Guitar



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