So during my first days of learning the guitar, I have a feeling like I have only two fingers on left hand and those fingers must be the shortest fingers in the world (I do have short fingers though). I have read about how "walking" develops certain muscles so that you can separate fingers more. It all sounds nice, but I want to hear some real world examples to get my low self esteem off the ground. Could you maybe write this kind of info from your own beginnings, the best you can remember of course:
- how long are your fingers (long, average, short)
- what were you able to do with your fingers from the beginning (see * and no sexual content, only guitar related, please )
- how long it took you to see improvement there and what was the improvement
- what were you doing to get this improvement
- what can you do now
Are there any exercises WITHOUT guitar that could help me achieve that, so that I could do it anywhere?
* for example at the moment my second finger can be used only at one fret distance from first and third finger and only on frets starting at 8-9. That's it. Completely limited. I'm talking only about correct placement, I can improvise something if I try to break my hand.
As a side note, does anyone have short fingers or do you know anyone with short fingers and how does that influence/limit guitar playing? For example my fingers are (measured like this, so bending and measuring from top to the - including - knuckle):
1: 3.95 inches (yeah, very precise, I know... )
2: 4.4 inches
3: 3.95 inches
4: 3.4 inches
Man, I'm almost right there with you on the measurements. I have relatively short fingers, but I don't think it's really hindered me too much in playing what I like to play.