Guitar Basics for Fat Fingers

It is possible to play the guitar with stout stubby fingers. This video will hopefully encourage a few of you out there who have been dejected due to your larger hands.

In this guitar lesson you will place your power chords into practice and get them sliding up and down the neck. It can be a small tough to do this quick when you start out, just take it slow and get the passage right without your hand collapsing! I reckon the original is played with full barre chords, but this songs works perfect for power chord practice as shown in this vid.Taught by Justin Sandercoe. Full support at the justinguitar web site where you will find hundreds of lessons on a wide range of subjects, and all the scales and chords that you will ever need! There is a fantastic forum too to get help, no matter what the problem. And it is all really free, no bull. No try out lessons, no memberships, no free ebook. Just tons of fantastic lessons :) To get help with this lesson (and for further info and tabs), find the Lesson ID in the video title (like ST-667 or whatever) and then look it up on the Lesson Index page of Have fun .
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  1. top8305 says:

    Thanks for your encouragement; I was in the giving-up mode! And thanks for your faithful witness to Him whom all excellent things come from!

    Praise ye his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice, that seek the Lord.
    1Ch 16:10

    (24) The Lord bless thee, and keep thee.
    (25) The Lord shew his face to thee, and have mercy on thee.
    (26) The Lord turn his countenance to thee, and give thee peace.
    Numbers 6

  2. 69NumbNut says:

    I googled “guitar and stout fingers” lol cheers mate

  3. loombaron says:

    You have to choose an instrument that you know you are gonna be excellent at and you feel confortable with.

    If you just play alone in your bedroom its fine but when if you go out there looking for a band you have to be excellent. For me its better to pick the right instrument rather than tiresome to be excellent at something you know you are not. Thing is that guitar is the intrument most of people wanna try but there are thousands more instruments.

  4. 736Jar says:

    @loombaron hey man i know ur be honest and stuff but that was really annoying coz i just got a guitar and now i lost my motivation, thank a bunch! :)

  5. 736Jar says:

    hey u forgot the KILLER of all hope , the A MAJOR!!!! plz plz help me!!!

  6. theinstil says:

    Thank You!

  7. MaxAcid21 says:

    get a wider necked guitar.

  8. looking4myfvoice says:

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. asava17 says:

    Would putting tape around your fingertips work?

  10. 19alba87 says:

    @loombaron Please don’t say that.

  11. 19alba87 says:

    @MajorMelly So was I!! God bless him!!! It’s the stubby, podgy fingertips – - – lol – - – we are not alone with our special fingers.

  12. loombaron says:

    and by the way this dude hasnt got stout fingers. They are a bit fatty but small.

  13. loombaron says:

    what matters is the tip of your fingers. If you have stout fingers but at the end they are thin or normal size then you will have no problem. The problem comes when the fiddle with tips are too stout. In that case you will have distress muting strings when playing open some chords for model. With practice you can play but maybe you are not going to be the best choice for the guitar. If you have stout fingers you should try the bass. In fact most well-known guitarist have normal or thin fingers.

  14. mysteriousgirl4 says:

    Oh thank his. I’m a woman and thanks to genetics I have wider set hands than him. Am so using that ‘pressing on 2 at once’ thing.

  15. keithn444 says:

    you have small fingers

  16. q0w1e2r3t4y5 says:

    date him first

  17. ayodeleunaadanna says:

    i found that if i tape my fiddle with tight , i lessen my chances of muting the chord next to it

  18. sUop99 says:

    you didn’t hhelp much

  19. StevosVideos says:

    Thanks for the video really needed it, was practicing and could not map out anyway to not mute the chord, and was really doubting being able to play.

  20. altroval says:

    The problem with this video is that the player doesn’t have FAT fingers – he simply has WIDE fingers. Those are not a problem for any person.

    The DEPTH and not the WIDTH of fingers is the most critical. People who have lots of soft tissue at the ends of their fingertips will project greater surace area onto the strings when playing chords and this causes muting.

    Another problem is having a thumb that is too proximally localted (i.e. too close to base of hand).

  21. thomis123456 says:

    Is that jame frank?

  22. 01Shorthanded says:

    brilliant lesson as always, with the pressure thing keeping fingers in same shape, relax -press cool…have u ever played in bands I would have heard of in sessions??

  23. jaypauldini says:

    he’s not australian,he’s english

  24. DaniellesMUSICxx says:

    @plimptonrocksmysocks Maybe thats because hes australian…

  25. flaviomzt says:


  26. 413Kristianna says:

    hey fantastic lesson! could you please upload a video showing how toplay the solo?

  27. OddballEndorser says:

    @plimptonrocksmysocks Um.. he’s Australian. So of course you wouldn’t hear an English accent when he sings.

  28. jeanandreripley says:

    hi justin excellent lesson as always and you sing nice merci beaucoup.

  29. danstortion says:

    @parkerman6 Mmmm… he force know Taz, fascinating!

  30. TheNfsmw510 says:

    he clarifies every small bit which concerns me
    brilliant teaching skills

  31. TVguy9999 says:

    @ plimptonrocksmysocks IS RIGHT!!!!!!!

  32. kylemorriss says:

    @guitarstuffplace that’s marty schwartz :D 

  33. Stinnie89 says:

    @55Obes He says it is in another key… So no, but the intervals linking the chords will doubtless match for the largest part xD Not that hard.

  34. 55Obes says:

    thanks yery much
    i learn guitar now and this is my favourite guitar song
    now i can it play by my self

    can i take this cords too for the van halen song?

  35. 55Obes says:

    thanks yery much
    i learn guitar now and this is my favourite guitar song
    now i can it play by my self

  36. AwesomeSauceLimited says:

    @plimptonrocksmysocks he’s australian buddy, but it works the same for us english. because we rock :D

  37. johnnystratman1 says:

    @plimptonrocksmysocks That’s because he’s not English, he’s Aussie. Or were you joking?

  38. zomb3kill3r says:

    @TheJoshuaZone with your index fiddle with, you lay it GENTLY on the three bottom strings, so you index is just pressing on the 6th string, but it should be in the position of a bar

  39. studioRSofficial says:

    tanks man!

  40. kink2508 says:

    you look a bit like kink dave

  41. toppsattaxplayer says:

    your excellent at singing dude. nice job.

  42. parkerman6 says:

    he’s tasmanian, mate!

  43. DanskeSange says:

    Grow a full beard.. I would like to see that (-:

  44. marsguitars says:

    A fantastic lesson and a nice sound you’ve got. Beginners who have problems keeping the fiddle with shape should check out the Power Chord Trainer, which is a small gadget designed to overcome this problem and help with culture power chord technique.

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