I know that there are some (very helpful) discussions out there about alternate fingerings of chords that don't involve thumb use. I've been grappling with many of the chords presented in L'Esprit Manouche, and i was wondering this - is it large hands that allow people to play these chords, or is it simply a matter of training the hand to stretch to meet them? I've managed to stretch to get a few that I initially thought were impossible, but I can't get many of them, and I can't even begin to imagine throwing them into a fluid or high speed progression.
What do you think? Do most people struggle to get there, or is it a piece of cake if your hands are the right size? Thanks.