Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on January 17, 2001 at 10:46:29:
In Reply to: Dumb Question posted by Brad on January 15, 2001 at 20:12:22:
: Hello, I'd really like to learn the electric bass, but I have small hands and short fingers. Does this have any impact on one's ability on the bass? Or does it all come down to practice and proper technique? I had a salesman tell me that "the best players have huge hands with alien-like finger length" (No kidding) So what's everyone's opinion on this?
Having small hands and short fingers shouldn't make a whole lot of difference.
The main thing is to find a bass that feels *comfortable* to you; even if you don't know how to play yet, that doesn't mean you can't grab a bass neck to find out what it feels like. Does it fit comfortably in your hand? Does it feel too big? Too small? That's what you need to figure out for yourself; if you know someone who plays bass, have them go to the store with you to help, but the bottom line is that you want something that fits *you*.
If you have to go to a short-scale, like an Epiphone EB-0 or a Squier Bronco, to feel comfortable, go for it.
A lot of great players have huge hands and long fingers; Jaco, for one, and Jimi Hendrix on guitar. That doesn't mean that you *have* to have huge hands, though. It's kinda like being built large in... ummm.. "other places"; size means nothing unless you know how to use it. ;-)
If the salesman was trying to ba an ass about it, tell him where he can stick those long, alien-like fingers.
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