Are your fingers too fat to play guitar chords? The answer is probably not. Anyone can learn how to play guitar with the hands that God gave you 🙂 …even if YOU think your fingers are too fat, you can do it.
This is just one of the many guitar chord tips you will find in my Rhythm Guitar Mastery Phase 1 course. Every guitar chord has it’s own quirks and tricks, and I will guide you through the process of making your fingers obey your brain…even if you have fat fingers.
Fat Fingers Guitar Help
(Video Guitar Lesson)
My Fingers Are Too Big For Guitar
(Fat, Thin, Long, Short)
I have been a private guitar teacher for about 30 years now….and taught well over 1000 students. And it never fails that on about the 2nd or 3rd guitar lesson, just about every new student says something like this.
“I think my fingers are too fat to play guitar”. Or “thin, long, short”. I have to kind of laugh every time I hear that. Not laughing at the student, but it’s just kind of funny how EVERYONE says the same thing in the beginning of learning how to play guitar.
Anyone can play guitar chords, it’s really a matter of getting your hand into the right position. And of course don’t forget to practice 🙂
And for “fat fingers”, it’s sometimes just a matter of where you press down on the tip of your finger. Squeezing your fingers in between the other strings will take finding exactly the right place on your finger to press down.
One common chord people often have trouble with is D.
The problem often is your 3rd finger will not “fit in there” without touching the 1st string…and muting it by accident.
Besides some general Guitar Chord Troubleshooting Tips I have covered in another lesson, try changing where you are pressing down on your 3rd finger. Move your 3rd finger a fraction of an inch toward the ceiling….almost to where your 3rd finger would be touching the 3rd string.
That will move your 3rd finger away from the 1st string and help you to avoid touching it.
Don’t be afraid to use your right hand to guide your 3rd finger to where it needs to go.
Just remember that playing guitar does take some practice. You will not necessarily be able to get into the “perfect place” right away. There are a lot of little muscles in your hand, and you are probably not used to moving them around in a lot of small independent ways. So they need some training to do so.
There are a lot of different places you can press down on the “tip” of your finger. So start to experiment until you find the right place. Eventually you will will develop a muscle memory in your hand, and your fingers will go right to the correct place without thinking about it.
So your fingers are not too fat to play guitar. You can do it, just keep practicing.
My Rhythm Guitar Mastery Phase 1 course helps you build a vocabulary of essential guitar chords, and also gives you the tips and trick you need to strum like a pro.