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#1655240 - 04/05/11 06:03 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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An ocatave comfortably, a ninth to play, a tenth with extreme stretch and no hope of actually playing it.
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#1689487 - 06/02/11 07:58 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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Rachmaninoff had huge hands....

But I'm happy with mine, mind you. smile Let's see...octaves are really fairly easy, I can do a ninth with a little stretching, and I could attempt a tenth with an extremely slow tempo and lots of confidence.

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#1694499 - 06/12/11 06:16 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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Barely 9, I feel disadvantaged. If only I could reach 10, it would make rolling those commonly 10 key spread chords so much easier.

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#1698929 - 06/20/11 09:06 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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can do 10ths comfortably chromatically. 11ths chromatically but not really at a speed you would consider practical and only certain notes. A few i just have to do a little slide.

don't think it really gives any sort of advantage other than well you know what they say about people with big hands.

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#1699922 - 06/22/11 12:54 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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a rather uncomfortable 9th

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#1707927 - 07/05/11 05:42 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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#1714882 - 07/17/11 05:11 AM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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A 9th comfortably. I can reach a 10th but I need time to prepare the stretch so usually in performance I just roll those chords.
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#1716412 - 07/19/11 01:39 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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A slightly painful octave and a very painful ninth (if I want to push it)

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#1718288 - 07/21/11 07:52 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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From C to the second F ..
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#1719380 - 07/23/11 03:35 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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Originally Posted By: Jeffrey Preston


Simple question really. I have bigger hands I'd presume, and I've been told I have bigger hands by many people.

I can reach up to the 10th of a scale with one hand (I don't know if that's worded right, but I can reach an octave up above C, plus 2 more notes.)

How many keys can YOU reach? Is there any exercises that you know of that are PROVEN to increase finger length? Or by first hand experience?


An octave is comfortable for me. Any farther and I fudge it.
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#1832373 - 01/26/12 02:40 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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I can do a scale quite speedily in 10th's, but my left hand can do an 11th scale. I can't even stretch a 11th with my right. Strange haha 9ths are my comfortable position.

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#1833058 - 01/27/12 04:51 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: JKiff]
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AArrgghhh! Don't laugh.
I was so happy watching me and my hand grow faster than anyone else in my class. Unfortunately, it stopped growing early, and I can stretch to a tenth, but I can play comfortably only an octave.

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#1873553 - 04/04/12 09:32 AM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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At the moment I can reach from C to D with both hands. A month ago I could only do C to B. smile
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#1895834 - 05/12/12 04:27 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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I like going for the 1st, 8th and 10th all together with one hand smile
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#1898952 - 05/18/12 01:28 AM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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An octave is great, but a 9th is quite a stretch.
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#1941035 - 08/11/12 08:12 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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An octave and one white key. Middle C to two D's.

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#1944939 - 08/18/12 08:50 AM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: 9symphony9]
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Despite rather small hands I often use tenth cords with 5 notes for right hand, combined with octaves for left hand.

As an extreme, I´ve used 7 notes for the right hand in a chord. In a couple of arrangement I use totally 11 notes (both hands of course) in a chord.

Trying to emulate (and exaggerate) a Rachmaninovsk style.


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#1948362 - 08/24/12 09:57 AM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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my hands are big, i can play from c3 to e4 (11 keys) and if i strech it i can go up to f4.


Edited by Digite1 (08/24/12 09:58 AM)

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#1966308 - 09/29/12 03:16 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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8th, I envy everyone with long fingers, I find that I cannot hold the octave chords firmly. I am not happy with that.

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#2299707 - 07/08/14 01:50 AM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: MusicaMusique]
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Relevant to this discussion, if you haven't already seen it on YouTube, google 'Rachmaninov had big hands' ...
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#2353737 - 11/22/14 09:36 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: TheHappyMoron]
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Starting at middle C I can get the F in the next octave above.

Guess that 's eleven white keys....

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#2358862 - 12/06/14 12:04 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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I can stretch to a 10th, but only for certain intervals i.e can't reach Db to F
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#2393315 - 03/03/15 01:45 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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9th / diminished 10th

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#2443830 - 07/22/15 11:40 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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An octave plus 2 more notes.

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#2446297 - 07/31/15 03:44 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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Can reach from C to E easily, however on the downside I can hardly get any gloves that are long enough for my hands...
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#2451601 - 08/17/15 09:21 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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I can reach a 9th. I can reach a 10th with a stretch. But I mainly only required octaves for my pieces.
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#2465224 - 09/30/15 07:37 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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Right hand an octave max, left hand 9th stretched (kind of difficult for me to do).

The weird thing is I have pretty large hands for a girl...but my thumbs are really short for whatever reasons which is not great for playing the piano.

I wish I had at least a 10th but oh well. Roll everything is how I do it hahaha.


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#2468306 - 10/09/15 05:37 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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I can stretch a 9th on the conventional keyboard, which means octaves and large chords are still rather uncomfortable...
But if we pianists weren't stuck with just the large 'standard' size, I could reach a 10th on a narrower 15/16 keyboard and possibly an 11th on a small 7/8 piano keyboard !

Also why do we pianists treat hand size (something very important with significant implications) like a physical competition?
http://www.smallpianokeyboards.org/


Edited by jbolt91 (10/09/15 06:39 PM)

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#2477474 - 11/05/15 09:56 AM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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I can play an octave. If I really try, I can (barely) make a 9th.


Edited by PlumBlossom1 (11/05/15 09:59 AM)

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#2491310 - 12/17/15 12:26 AM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]
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9th white frown

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