Here’s another common misconception I hear from people all the time: “I could never play guitar because by hands are too small” (or my fingers are too short…too FAT…TOO FEW!) This is based on the misunderstanding that somehow, you have to be born with something “special” in order to become a great guitar player. The truth is, it doesn’t matter how big or small your hands are. There are guitars you can buy that a small child can comfortably play. If a certain guitar neck feels too wide for your hands (or too narrow), there are plenty of others to choose from.
And actually, you can get used to just about anything if you stick with it for long enough. It might be a little easier at first if your hands are larger and your fingers are longer, but here’s the honest truth: it’s difficult for EVERYONE at the beginning! No matter who you are, the first time you pick up a guitar and try to play, it will feel strange…difficult…foreign to you. No matter how big or small your hands are, you will have to follow the same learning curve everyone else does. People who want to give up because they think playing the guitar is too hard will often use their hands and fingers as an excuse.
Think about someone like Helen Keller…who was deaf and blind, but managed to become a great author and see tremendous success in spite of her handicaps. Believe me, if Helen Keller could rise from the ashes of of her disabilities to find true success, you can DEFINITELY learn how to play the guitar with the fingers and hands you have!
It may not be easy at first, but like anything in life that’s worth doing, you can be successful with the guitar if you don’t give up! Trust me on this…I’ve been playing for a long time and I had to deal with the exact same things when I first started out. If I overcame those difficulties, then ANYONE can…including YOU! 🙂
So remember, it’s not WHAT you were born with that matters…it’s what you DO with what you’ve been born with. Take your desire to play, the abilities you have and the hands and fingers you were born with and become the guitar player you’ve always wanted to be. You can do it!
P.S. – If you’re looking for a guitar teacher who can help you overcome these kinds of obstacles, I might have an opening available. Give me a shout and let’s talk about it!