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#1701416 - 06/24/11 06:27 PM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: Rostosky]
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I used to be able to play a straight tenth on white keys. But months of playing Chopin Etude 10/1 stretched it further. I can now reach an eleventh (though barely). I don't have big hands. This is all stretch. My pinky and thumb stretch to a straight line.

Exact measurement? No tape measure.
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#1701508 - 06/24/11 09:39 PM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: jazzwee]
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Just because I was curious, I measured my hand span. My left hand from tip of thumb to tip of little finger is 9 1/4 " (close to Jazzwee, it almost goes to a straight line). My right hand span is 8 3/4" due to a dislocated thumb in college, it's just not going any further. I do do finger stretches - I think it helps. That and practicing playing 10ths with both hands. I have long fingers though.
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#1701562 - 06/24/11 11:47 PM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: Rostosky]
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I can reach 10ths with no problem at all.
With my hand splayed out I can get to 10 1/4".
I've got big mitts but maybe they're more limber than most because I can stretch my thumb and little finger so that they are in a straight line.
I don't know if this is normal or not.



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#1701588 - 06/25/11 12:52 AM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: Rostosky]
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My hands are about 7", but I can stretch to about 8 and 1/4. I feel like I'm going to be able to stretch more eventually because when I started I could barely reach an octave, now I can reach a flat ninth comfortably. Maybe someday I'll be able to reach a ninth. I don't mind if I don't, though. My hands have gotten pretty mobile around the keys.

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#1701592 - 06/25/11 12:54 AM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: Rostosky]
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OOOH Sparky, how do we know that metal tape measure isn't folded and being held down by your palm?? LOL. Could this be Canadian "slight of hand" to gain an "extra inch"?

Sly Cat I accept your jammy dodgers, have you tried the new "toffee" dodgers yet? mmmm.

Wayne, very very funny. But would nan approve?
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#1701612 - 06/25/11 02:04 AM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: wayne33yrs]
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Originally Posted By: wayne32yrs
Originally Posted By: TX-Dennis

They seem to sell stretching devices all over the internet for a certian body part. I haven't seen any adverts for hand stretchers, though. You might make a fortune off gullible pianists. grin




That is as funny as anything I've seen . . . and more than slightly disturbing. grin
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#1701676 - 06/25/11 07:27 AM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: Rostosky]
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8 and a 1/4" with my fingers spread at a 180 degree angle. I can play an easy nine and an "ify" 10. (Just FYI I'm a girl contrary to popular belief.)
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#1701677 - 06/25/11 07:36 AM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Originally Posted By: TX-Dennis
They seem to sell stretching devices all over the internet for a certian body part. I haven't seen any adverts for hand stretchers, though. You might make a fortune off gullible pianists. grin


We could get Schumann to endorse it.
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#1701716 - 06/25/11 09:16 AM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: Rostosky]
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Sparky, you have a fantastic reach! Mine is 9 1/4.
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#1701719 - 06/25/11 09:21 AM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: -Frycek]
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8 3/4 can reach the ninth- the tenth only on the edges, not really practical for playing.
The span of my fourth is actually greater @ 9.

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#1701721 - 06/25/11 09:22 AM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: -Frycek]
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Originally Posted By: -Frycek
Originally Posted By: TX-Dennis
They seem to sell stretching devices all over the internet for a certian body part. I haven't seen any adverts for hand stretchers, though. You might make a fortune off gullible pianists. grin


We could get Schumann to endorse it.


Ouch!
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#1701722 - 06/25/11 09:22 AM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: wayne33yrs]
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Originally Posted By: wayne32yrs
Originally Posted By: TX-Dennis

They seem to sell stretching devices all over the internet for a certian body part. I haven't seen any adverts for hand stretchers, though. You might make a fortune off gullible pianists. grin




Just when you thought TV could not get any dumber.....
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#1701725 - 06/25/11 09:26 AM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: CMohr]
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Originally Posted By: CMohr
Just because I was curious, I measured my hand span. My left hand from tip of thumb to tip of little finger is 9 1/4 " (close to Jazzwee, it almost goes to a straight line). My right hand span is 8 3/4" due to a dislocated thumb in college, it's just not going any further. I do do finger stretches - I think it helps. That and practicing playing 10ths with both hands. I have long fingers though.


Those are long fingers, CMohr.
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#1701812 - 06/25/11 12:27 PM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: Strings & Wood]
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Heh, I too pulled out a ruler out of curiosity. 8.5" seems fairly common. I can pull off a 10th as long as it's on a slow song. smile
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#1701851 - 06/25/11 01:35 PM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: Rostosky]
Bob Newbie Offline
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I can play a tenth on white keys with my left hand
but not my right..I believe my playing jazz guitar
45+ yrs caused the left hand to stretch more than the right..

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#1701863 - 06/25/11 01:55 PM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: Rostosky]
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I have no ruler here but I can play 11ths... If I stretch really really far with right hand a 12th... you do the math?
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#1701864 - 06/25/11 02:01 PM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: Rostosky]
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Sparkey, yes that's normal I guess. I can also stretch my ring finger in that same line and that makes even a longer stretch than with the pinky smile
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#1701880 - 06/25/11 02:40 PM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: wouter79]
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Originally Posted By: wouter79
Sparkey, yes that's normal I guess. I can also stretch my ring finger in that same line and that makes even a longer stretch than with the pinky smile


Holy carp, I just looked and you're correct, my fourth finger can reach farther than my pinky of course.
Why haven't I even noticed that before? crazy
I can reach an 11th with that without much of a problem but with my pinky an 11th is harder to make.
Thanks for clueing me in.
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#1701901 - 06/25/11 03:37 PM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Originally Posted By: Rostosky
Wayne, very very funny. But would nan approve?


Probabily not, and playing a chord may prove difficult!

Originally Posted By: TX-Dennis
Originally Posted By: wayne32yrs
Originally Posted By: TX-Dennis

They seem to sell stretching devices all over the internet for a certian body part. I haven't seen any adverts for hand stretchers, though. You might make a fortune off gullible pianists. grin




That is as funny as anything I've seen . . . and more than slightly disturbing. grin


Did you try it though? lol

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#1701935 - 06/25/11 05:14 PM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: Rostosky]
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I always thought my hands were so large because I can barely fit into size XL work gloves. Even those are tight some times.

My thumb muscle area is very large however. Like a chicken leg/ drumstick. Maybe beefy hands and fingers take up more volume somehow. Probably. Obviously actually!

Anyway, my hands are 8 1/2 across at the widest point. I can play a tenth but only at the edge of the keys. In most cases I would probably convert the 10th or higher into a fast skip between the two keys. It can sound very nice that way, especially if played with a lot of feeling. It's a nice way to end a piece too.

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#1701940 - 06/25/11 05:29 PM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: Sparky McBiff]
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Originally Posted By: Sparky McBiff
Originally Posted By: wouter79
Sparkey, yes that's normal I guess. I can also stretch my ring finger in that same line and that makes even a longer stretch than with the pinky smile


Holy carp, I just looked and you're correct, my fourth finger can reach farther than my pinky of course.
Why haven't I even noticed that before? crazy
I can reach an 11th with that without much of a problem but with my pinky an 11th is harder to make.
Thanks for clueing me in.


One technique for playing octave runs is to alternate between 1-4 and 1-5, so you use thumb and ring finger for the first octave, then thumb and pinky finger for the next and so on. My teacher just showed me how to do that on the first Gershwin prelude.

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#1702008 - 06/25/11 08:10 PM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: Sparky McBiff]
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Originally Posted By: Sparky McBiff
Originally Posted By: wouter79
Sparkey, yes that's normal I guess. I can also stretch my ring finger in that same line and that makes even a longer stretch than with the pinky smile


Holy carp, I just looked and you're correct, my fourth finger can reach farther than my pinky of course.
Why haven't I even noticed that before? crazy
I can reach an 11th with that without much of a problem but with my pinky an 11th is harder to make.
Thanks for clueing me in.


OMG I didn't even think of this. My thumb and fourth finger (which is used a lot for stretches in Chopin 10/1 stretches to like 9 3/4" vs. my pinky which is only like 9 1/8".

I can do a straight line also with thumb and 4th. That took a lot of work to accomplish smile
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#1702026 - 06/25/11 08:56 PM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: Rostosky]
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Right around 8". I can do an ocatave pretty easily but not much more.
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#1702032 - 06/25/11 09:15 PM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: Rostosky]
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Why have I never wondered about this before. On my (free) hardware store yardstick, I measure 8 7/8", but that is with a very flat hand. More meaningfully, with some arch, it comes out to playing a tenth comfortably on the naturals, and closer to 8-and-a-quarter inches.
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#1702489 - 06/26/11 04:30 PM Re: How Big Is yours? [Re: Rostosky]
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Quote:

One technique for playing octave runs is to alternate between 1-4 and 1-5, so you use thumb and ring finger for the first octave, then thumb and pinky finger for the next and so on. My teacher just showed me how to do that on the first Gershwin prelude.


I'm using that to play "legato" bass lines. The thumb (higher octave) jumps while the lower octave is played legato using 4/5.

Also I had the habit of using both 4 and 5 to press the lower octave note... but that gave some unwanted accents smile I'm playing the bass notes too loud anyway so more work to be done in that region grin
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