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#918195 - 08/27/07 02:42 PM How far can you stretch?
BosendorfersRule Offline
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Registered: 08/19/07
Posts: 6
I can reach a 10th, although I usually don't stretch my hands that much.

Just out of curiosity, how far can you stretch? There's probably someone here who can reach a 15th. \:D

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#918196 - 08/31/07 02:46 AM Re: How far can you stretch?
bukopaudan Offline
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I can reach about a 9th. It's a stretch for me though. My hands are unusually small.
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#918197 - 09/01/07 01:54 AM Re: How far can you stretch?
Bosendorfer88 Offline
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I can manage a 10th easily enough
Though funnily, i think my left hand spans more than my right hand (11th), being right handed that makes me think.........
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#918198 - 12/08/07 11:00 AM Re: How far can you stretch?
radiogaga Offline
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Registered: 07/08/07
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Loc: South Africa
Sorry, I know hardly any music theory (I'm too stubborn and lazy to rectify that), so I don't know how many intervals I can stretch \:\( . All I know is that with my thumb on C I can *just* about reach F in the next octave. That's decent, right? Well, the fingering in a piece like Prelude in C# Min (Rach) doesn't pose much trouble. But I would like to know to how many intervals this stretch corresponds.

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#918199 - 12/08/07 11:11 AM Re: How far can you stretch?
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Augmented 11th for me.

I can do C-F#-F# with the LH.
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#918200 - 12/08/07 12:36 PM Re: How far can you stretch?
radiogaga Offline
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Registered: 07/08/07
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Loc: South Africa
Aha! I was using my 5th finger. If I use my 4th finger I can get C-G-G with my LH, with difficulty, and there's no ways I can get more than that. That's a 12th is it?

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#918201 - 12/08/07 09:14 PM Re: How far can you stretch?
playadom Offline
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Originally posted by radiogaga:
Aha! I was using my 5th finger. If I use my 4th finger I can get C-G-G with my LH, with difficulty, and there's no ways I can get more than that. That's a 12th is it? [/b]
That's C, with a 5th and a 12th above it.

WOW!
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#918202 - 12/09/07 02:28 AM Re: How far can you stretch?
radiogaga Offline
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Loc: South Africa
Wikipedia says Rach could do a 13th

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#918203 - 12/24/07 02:54 AM Re: How far can you stretch?
cothse Offline
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I can also manage a 10th.
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#918204 - 12/24/07 02:41 PM Re: How far can you stretch?
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I can reach a 10th with much pains and strain....... ............but: Nil Volentibus arduum = nothing is impossible for those who strongly wish....... ;\)

JB
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#918205 - 12/28/07 11:12 PM Re: How far can you stretch?
vayapues Offline
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Registered: 11/27/07
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I can make it out to an 11th, 10th without trouble.
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#918206 - 12/29/07 09:43 PM Re: How far can you stretch?
Age_of_Anxiety Offline
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Registered: 11/25/07
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I can barely, barely do an all white 5th + 12th, but totally impractically.

I can make use of tenths or 5th + 1oth. I could do a scale that way.

What's the record?

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#918207 - 12/29/07 09:49 PM Re: How far can you stretch?
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With trouble, 11th.
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#918208 - 12/29/07 10:11 PM Re: How far can you stretch?
robjones Offline
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Registered: 12/26/07
Posts: 16
Hmm. Not got access to a full size piano at the moment, but I can get from the start of the 'a' key to the start of the 'enter' key on my keyboard. That's 12 keyboard keys plus the gaps. Slightly longer with my left.

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#918209 - 02/05/08 05:34 PM Re: How far can you stretch?
Larisa Offline
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Registered: 02/03/08
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Loc: Philadelphia
I can get a 10th.

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#918210 - 03/02/08 12:17 AM Re: How far can you stretch?
hotkeys Offline
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Registered: 01/12/07
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Loc: Massapequa, NY
I can get a 9th comfortably.
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#918211 - 04/12/08 08:39 PM Re: How far can you stretch?
Abi Offline
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Registered: 03/17/08
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Loc: Indiana
I can only reach a 9th if my pinky is on the very edge of the key. Comfortably I can only play an octave
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#918212 - 06/29/08 04:11 AM Re: How far can you stretch?
swingal Offline
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Registered: 07/31/05
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Well I'm envious of those pianists that can stretch a 10th. And when I say stretch,I mean able to play chords well, not simply straining your hand to barely reach the full 10 keys. Some jazz pianists like Earl Hines could and Fats surely could.Many more too.
Probably if I had had lessons instead of being a Ear player only, I would have been taught some hand stretching exercises. Too late now at my age, I have to be careful not to get arthritus .

Swingal

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#918213 - 06/29/08 11:52 AM Re: How far can you stretch?
baaaad_kitty Offline
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Registered: 08/13/05
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Loc: Philippines
i can play a 9th comfortably. a 10th is something my hands dream of

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#918214 - 07/16/08 06:36 PM Re: How far can you stretch?
jmeyer Offline
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Registered: 07/08/08
Posts: 30
by this standard:

http://www.dskeyboards.com/html/handsizepage.html

i'm 8.25 inches.

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#918215 - 10/02/08 12:25 AM Re: How far can you stretch?
UKM Offline
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Registered: 10/01/08
Posts: 11
Loc: Home
I can barely do a 10th
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#918216 - 10/03/08 03:43 AM Re: How far can you stretch?
Dsus2 Offline
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I can do a 10th, but not totally comfortably.
For robjones, that's from 'a' almost to the return key. \:\)

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#918217 - 10/04/08 12:46 AM Re: How far can you stretch?
Horowitzian Offline
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Registered: 09/18/08
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Fairly easy 10th with RH, not very easy 10th with LH. Which is weird, because I play guitar too.
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#918218 - 10/30/08 01:22 AM Re: How far can you stretch?
William A.P.M. Offline
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Registered: 10/09/08
Posts: 554
Loc: Ecuador
i can reach a tenth with both, but always easier to span with my left hand. I think it is the arpeggios and wide chords that give the left this natural advantage.

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#918219 - 10/30/08 01:36 AM Re: How far can you stretch?
xxmynameisjohnxx Offline
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Registered: 10/27/08
Posts: 625
Loc: San Diego
I can stretch to a tenth, but wouldn't be able to play it in a piece of music very cleanly.
What can I do to build my stretch range? I want at least a clean tenth....
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#918220 - 11/13/08 05:29 PM Re: How far can you stretch?
ManyHandedMusician Offline
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Registered: 10/13/08
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Loc: North-central Minnesota
I can only stretch a 9th. How depressing...
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#918221 - 11/15/08 08:17 PM Re: How far can you stretch?
norjen Offline
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Registered: 11/11/08
Posts: 43
Same here, a 9th is about it for me. Small hands... \:\(

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#918222 - 11/18/08 11:36 PM Re: How far can you stretch?
carolyn227 Offline
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Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 107
I can barely reach a 9th. Barely. I don't trust my hands with more than an octave. I'm just starting back up again, but even at my prime I could never reach more than a 9th. I think once or twice I stretched my pinky up to reach a 10th. But it wasn't pretty.
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#918223 - 11/19/08 03:59 PM Re: How far can you stretch?
Adam Malone Offline
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Registered: 01/19/07
Posts: 33
Loc: Minnesota
I can hit white-to-white or black-to-black major 10ths, but not white-to-black (D - F#) or black-to-white.

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#918224 - 11/25/08 05:47 PM Re: How far can you stretch?
Lolium Offline
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Registered: 04/04/08
Posts: 16
Loc: Greece
I have to say how stupid I feel right now...
I'm a ballet dancer and I stretch regularly , legs, back etc..
When I saw this post I thought "wow, I never thought pianists have to stretch too..."
haha! I'm not a native speaker and that's not the term we use for it..
Btw I'm a comfortable 10, and sometimes an 11 if there's time to adjust the hand properly..
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