I'm an early learner, 70 yrs old, have been 'practicing' for a couple of years on a steel string acoustic guitar, and I have arthritis in my thumb and finger joints. For instance, it's very hard to stretch my fingers from 1st fret(
C) to 3rd(
D) and get finger tips properly on the string; it hurts to do so. A
C chord is very difficult.
I found that putting a capo on the 5th fret makes things easier: the
C chord is easy; note
C is an open string; and no problem going to
D on the same string. Frets are closer together, and I can hold the neck without putting hurtful pressure on my left thumb. However, there's a slight problem hitting the
B on the 4th string 9th fret (
B that replaces open
B on 2nd string), and I'm missing the 6th string
G, plus those chords.
I wonder if there will be more shortcomings as I progress.