I've got very small hands, and I'm having a rather hard time playing in tune on my fretless. I just can't reach far enough without shifting every couple of notes, and I'm told that playing short-scale instruments would really help me. The thing is - I really want to avoid that, if I can. I'd hate to limit my selection of instruments to the rather small pool of decent short-scale basses out there (excepting, of course, the beautiful custom jobs I can't afford). I'd also hate to trade in my gorgeous 80s Foundation S fretless for an Epiphone or SX. So - perhaps this is a stupid question, but - can technique help me? I've only been playing for a couple of months, and I've not yet been able to find a teacher to ask this sort of thing. My cello teachers were always telling me to deal with the pain of trying to reach farther, and just do it - and that led to years of tendinitis and assorted other hand problems. Possibly I had poor teachers though, and it wouldn't have been such an issue if they'd shown me how to just do it without damaging myself. Advice, tips, suggestions? Sorry I've not articulated my problem so well, but I'm a little hindered by not knowing exactly what to ask. I'd love to hear from other people with small hands, about how you've conquered that roadblock. Thanks!