Acoustic Guitars/Romanza Chord

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Question
Hi,

I have played acoustic guitar off and on for over 30 years and am a moderate player.

I am trying to learn the Spanish guitar piece called Romanza and it has two parts.  In the second part, the second chord is a B7sus4.  It appears to require barring on the second fret and using the pinky to press down on the B string on the fifth fret.  I cannot seem to make this happen and I have pretty big hands.  I end up muting the next string or not getting full pressure on the strings.

Is there some technique that might help with this?

Answer
Hi. Thanks for the question. I think I can help, or at least try. I am familiar with the song and I know exactly to which part you refer. Among other things, I am a guitar instructor and I see this kind of thing regularly with new students. Do not fret (pun intended)-it is a technique issue. Without a guitar in hand move your elbow of your fingering hand down toward the ground (While keeping your shoulder squared) and push your wrist out until your fingers are pointed at your shoulder-this is the proper angle and degree inclination that your hand and wrist needs to be at in order to successfully accomplish this maneuver-now try doing this with your instrument while you are in the playing position. You must stretch your fingering arm down and around and bring your hand up (Down, Around,Up)to meet the fingerboard, pushing your wrist out while holding your arm away from your body in order to give your fingers the freedom to fly unencumbered and unrestricted, my friend! Give it a try. Also watch the wrist/hand-arm/elbow position(s) in this youtube video by LickNRiff demonstrating how he teaches students El Romanza! Relax and enjoy the experience! Hope this helps. Cheers, Kevin Dunham

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIOiW56Mgg0

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Kevin Dunham

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Sigma by Martin guitars, Vintage Asian Import Guitars, acoustic guitars, american guitars, vintage music gear and vinyl record albums

Experience

I am a scholar and researcher of vintage Asain Import guitars and my area of expertise is Sigma by Martin fretted instruments imported by C.F. Martin & Co. from 1970-2007. I have been compiling materials and studying Sigma since 2008.

Organizations
I have my own website, www.nossigmaguitars.com, a blog, Sigma Martin Memo's, I am a consultant on the Vintage Sigma Guitars Facebook page and am an editor of the Sigma Guitars Wikipedia page. I am also writing a book on the sigma line and have just returned from MArtin in NAzareth where I was granted access to and permisiion to reproduce Sigma by MArtin materials by Dick Boak, Archivist at Martin. Martin customer service representatives now refer Sigma by Martin inquiries that they cannot answer to me.

Publications
My book propsal is currently under review by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publshing group and an article I wrote for Vintage Guitar Mazine is under advisement.

Education/Credentials
Studied at Linn Benton Community Collage in Albany Oregon and Marylhurst University in Portannd, Oregon. I have been a lifelong musician and student of guitars and am a guitar tech.

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None.

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