Step aside, you 6' guys, and let a small lady take this question!! :)

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Posted by st'acey on July 24, 2000 at 19:34:04:

In Reply to: Small Hands posted by J Lewis on July 03, 2000 at 15:53:54:

Ok, boys, move over and let the girl answer this one!! hehe I'm quite a small (5'3" ) person, and know exactly what you're talking about. One tip that comes to mind is looking into thinner-necked guitars. I've found that the "jazz" style (rather than precision) fenders tend to run thinner. Also, make sure that you get speed, strength, and flexibility in your hands. This is very important for us tiny people b/c our reach isn't quite enough sometimes. If you have the speed and flexibility in your fingers, it's easy to play just as good as someone with larger hands. Well, 4 strings anyway. I find it difficult to play 5 strings, and nearly impossible to play a 6 string with good hand position. So, my advice would be to improvise with various hand positions, and do what's comfortable and feels natural. As for some famous bassists with small hands, well probably any female you can think of has smaller hands than a male counterpart. And, there's tons of successful women out there. So, anyway, just rock out no matter what size your hands are!!!! Have fun.

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