I have always wanted to play acoustic guitar and tried in my 30s. My fingers simply can't hold down the strings. Even as a sign language interpreter, I have trouble make the "w"; my thumb cannot hold down the little finger without the other fingers bending. I do think it's some kind of neurological anomoly rather than something tha would improve with exercise. So, if something is basically wrong with my fingers, where does that leave me with playing guitar? If I try to hold down 3 strings at a time, I can't. I just would like to play a few songs around a camp fire. Ideas?
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This is exactly correct. Often, unless one is facing some kind of condition that inhibits manual dexterity in other contexts too, the best solution is to tough it out. You'll be amazed how your body can adapt!
T, thanks for this. The example of your friend is inspiring. I'm going to "get me a guitar" and start trying!
WOW! This is EXCELLENT! Thank you so much. I think you should make a hub of this if you haven't already! I think I understand what you mean about tuning. Is there a book of songs in maybe one key (tee hee)
Glad to be of service, Billie. It's difficult for me to recommend these techniques too strongly because it might mean short-changing you in terms of building strength and dexterity, but maybe you just need to ease in gradually. These ideas may help.