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Old 02-08-2012, 09:01 PM
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Me: (Lengths in inches)

Tip of the thumb to the tip of pinky at a comfortable stretch: 5 inches

Base of index to base of pinky:3 inches

Base of index to base of thumb:2 inches

Average length of 4 fingers (base to tip): 2.635 inches

I've been playing for 2 ish years so my stretch probably isn't going to get better.

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Old 02-08-2012, 09:16 PM
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Me: (Lengths in inches)

Tip of the thumb to the tip of pinky at a comfortable stretch: 5 inches

Base of index to base of pinky:3 inches

Base of index to base of thumb:2 inches

Average length of 4 fingers (base to tip): 2.635 inches

I've been playing for 2 ish years so my stretch probably isn't going to get better.

I disagree. I have been playing three years, and my stretches improved dramatically in the last year. I think your best year stretch-wise is just ahead of you.

And I wouldn't obsess over short fingers or a generally small hand. I worried needlessly about not having large enough hands right up to the first day I could stretch the first five frets on a 25.59" scale. By the way, you need 5-1/8" from the tip of your index finger to the tip of your little finger to do that, and it doesn't necessarily come from finger length, it comes from finger spread. It probably wouldn't hurt to do some spreading exercises, but I am certain your finger spreads will improve.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:06 AM
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Ye gods, I feel like a freak: 10 and 1/8 inches from thumb tip to finger tip.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:24 AM
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My frustration is an unusually short pinkie..about 2.25 inches. My spread from thumb to pinkie is 8.5. When I see photos of the great players, they invariably have long, elegant pinkies. Nothing I can do about that....
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:30 AM
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Mine measures 10" from thumb to my pinky. I also wear a size 15 wedding ring.
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:33 AM
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Me: (Lengths in inches)

Tip of the thumb to the tip of pinky at a comfortable stretch: 5 inches

Base of index to base of pinky:3 inches

Base of index to base of thumb:2 inches

Average length of 4 fingers (base to tip): 2.635 inches

I've been playing for 2 ish years so my stretch probably isn't going to get better.

You're sick
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:34 AM
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You're sick
You're all sick
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:36 AM
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I stretch just slightly over 10" on my left, fretting hand and just a tiny bit less on my right, picking hand. My ring size is 10.
I can fret with my thumb on my Gibson F-25, with its 2" nut just like a classical guitar.
I guess mine hands are big but they just look normal to me.
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:58 AM
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JM1000 -

My fingers are rather short - about the same length as yours - but my fretting hand stretch is considerably longer. I attribute that to working hard at learning to really s-t-r-e-t-c-h that hand! Keep at it, you'll improve if you do!
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When I see photos of the great players, they invariably have long, elegant pinkies. Nothing I can do about that....[/QUOTE]

In my case, it proves size doesn't matter. I still play poorly.
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:38 PM
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Interesting discussion. As a point of comparison (w/ a petite lady's fingers), my LH stretch is 6 1/2 - 7 inches. Length of LH middle finger is 3 inches. So based on this scientific obsevation I suppose I have longer than average fingers and explains why I feel comfortable playing a long scale guitar.
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:55 PM
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Me: (Lengths in inches)

Tip of the thumb to the tip of pinky at a comfortable stretch: 5 inches

Base of index to base of pinky:3 inches

Base of index to base of thumb:2 inches

Average length of 4 fingers (base to tip): 2.635 inches

I've been playing for 2 ish years so my stretch probably isn't going to get better.

Whoa....I thought I had small hands.

Those same measurements for my hand would be:

8.00", 3.5", 2.75" and 2.875" respectively.
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