Remember to hit the strings with the very tips of your fingers, and to sort of elevate your hand so its not laying on the fretboard causing all kinds of trouble.
Hold your hand in a so that you create a 90 degree angle between the hand and the arm, then imagine that your fingers are claws. Yep thats right.
Now it should look like an angry jaguar with a
broken leg or something.
Thats the kind of approach you would want to the fretboard,
especially when playing chords that requires alot of stretching.
Of course this technique does not work when you're playing
barré chords, but for open chords and acoustic type playing, its jaguar-style! grrrr...
Oh yeah, remember that (as always) training is the key to everything. When I started to play guitar when I was 11, it was totally impossible to play an open G, because I couldnt stretch that far.
So what have we learned?
It doesnt really matter how short your fingers are,
my brothers fingers is like 2,5 meters longer than mine, but he cant play a G (again, because of the stretching that is involved). Eventually your short fingers will be able to play everything.
When your skills improve I recommend the song "Cavatina",
one of the most beautiful songs ever made and it involves a huge amount of stretching.
[Edited by mc9mm on 01-12-2003 at 10:13 AM]