Is my neck to small for my fingers?

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tommysurf1

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Joined: 08/04/19

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Just learming , I am have a very hard time hitting just one string when I fret. The distance between stings is barely wide enough for my finger. when I press down it hits below. so frustrating but maybe bought a guitar the was to small. like maybe this is a little kids guitar

no one asked or showed me. Its a new epiphone electric.

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Just learming , I am have a very hard time hitting just one string when I fret. The distance between stings is barely wide enough for my finger. when I press down it hits below. so frustrating but maybe bought a guitar the was to small. like maybe this is a little kids guitar

no one asked or showed me. Its a new epiphone electric.

William MG

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Joined: 03/08/19

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I am not sure what model you have or if Epiphone even makes a child's guitar, but from my limited experience they seem to be what I would call a midway point at the nut. The nut is the plastic piece high up on the neck that the strings feed through. Different guitars, different nut width and therefor neck width and string spacing.

If it helps, I started the same way and this seems to be common. In addition, I found from my experience, guitars we had at the house which had very narrow necks and therefor difficult for me to play without string buzz (actually everything buzzed at the beginning) are now quite playable. I think for most of us, it just takes time to get our fingers used to proper positioning.

So I wouldnt give up on the Epiphone just yet.

Repertoire:

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Made Easy)

Link to the lesson here - very good for a beginner

Wild Horses (Made Easy)

Link to lesson here

Highway To Hell

Link to lesson here

Honky Tonk Women (Made Easy)

Lesson here - very easy for beginners

Breaking the Law - fun, fast paced song.

Lesson here

Honky Tonk Women - (Not Made Easy!) I will lick this song someday

Lesson here

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I am not sure what model you have or if Epiphone even makes a child's guitar, but from my limited experience they seem to be what I would call a midway point at the nut. The nut is the plastic piece high up on the neck that the strings feed through. Different guitars, different nut width and therefor neck width and string spacing.

If it helps, I started the same way and this seems to be common. In addition, I found from my experience, guitars we had at the house which had very narrow necks and therefor difficult for me to play without string buzz (actually everything buzzed at the beginning) are now quite playable. I think for most of us, it just takes time to get our fingers used to proper positioning.

So I wouldnt give up on the Epiphone just yet.

Repertoire:

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Made Easy)

Link to the lesson here - very good for a beginner

Wild Horses (Made Easy)

Link to lesson here

Highway To Hell

Link to lesson here

Honky Tonk Women (Made Easy)

Lesson here - very easy for beginners

Breaking the Law - fun, fast paced song.

Lesson here

Honky Tonk Women - (Not Made Easy!) I will lick this song someday

Lesson here

jreyn1

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Joined: 05/28/17

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I have basically an XXXL Size glove hand So hard to believe your hand could be as big or bigger than mine and I could rip through Eddie Van Halen licks as fast as he does although I have been playing for over 40 years but my fingers have no problem fretting strings without touching other strings, remember you need to only touch the string with the very tip of your finger close to the fingernail not by the pad of the finger but only by the very tip that could be your problem?

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I have basically an XXXL Size glove hand So hard to believe your hand could be as big or bigger than mine and I could rip through Eddie Van Halen licks as fast as he does although I have been playing for over 40 years but my fingers have no problem fretting strings without touching other strings, remember you need to only touch the string with the very tip of your finger close to the fingernail not by the pad of the finger but only by the very tip that could be your problem?