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    Question Extra Long Fingers

    Are extra long fingers a help or not when fretting? Seems like a help for stretching to 3 or 4 frets apart or more, but what about just one fret to the next one?
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    From one with short-fat fingers....I wish I had that problem to find out.

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    I don't think it matters what size they are,what matters is their dexterity and your skill level..

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    I read once that Jetheo Burns had very long fingers...worked for him!
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    Too long fingers is like too much money

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAK View Post
    ... but what about just one fret to the next one?
    Extra-long fingers are not required, but it won't get in your way either - it's not like the fingers are too long to go only such a short distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandoplumb View Post
    Too long fingers is like too much money
    Unless said fingers have bad arthritis. That levels the playing field considerably. Still though, it's all about the technique, how the hand is positioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL277z View Post
    Unless said fingers have bad arthritis. That levels the playing field considerably. Still though, it's all about the technique, how the hand is positioned.
    Arthritic fingers are a pain long or short. I know mine are now so stiff I can barely reach around a guitar neck. Thankfully the smaller mandolin neck is still doable, at least for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.D.Nydn View Post
    I don't think it matters what size they are,what matters is their dexterity and your skill level..
    But longer fingers do help !
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    And people were wondering what aliens looked like ... look for those extra long fingers... 👽

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    I'd imagine (strictly conjecture) that if the normal number of fingers are reasonably "long", the length would have pros and cons for fretting a mandolin.

    I doubt seriously that any extra, or additonal, long fingers would be of help, since there are only four courses of strings to begin with. They'd probably get in the way.

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    MontanaMatt is right about Jethro. Don Stiernberg's discussion of Jethro's hands is a story worth hearing. Actually any story from Don is worth hearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Gunter View Post
    ... I doubt seriously that any extra, or additonal, long fingers would be of help, since there are only four courses of strings to begin with. They'd probably get in the way.

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    As someone with very long fingers I would say not-necessarily: it depends on hand width more than finger length. Some folks with wider hands can for example play a G chop without moving their fingers apart hardly at all, those of us with narrow hands (no matter how long the fingers!) have to stretch really hard.

    +1 on hand position though - get it right and you can reach for most things no matter what, get it wrong and any kind of reach is simply impossible no matter what your hand size and shape.

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    Very early on, I thought, finally an instrument where little hands would be an asset. Then someone showed me the four string G and said you need to learn this, it's very important.
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    I can't be part of that research sample, but practice and dexterity (and 3 note chords) go a long way to mitigate a short, 'wide' hand.
    Play it like you mean it.

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